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Suggestions about the exercises in Sec 2.5

*Updated October 22, 2008*

*1.* In exercises 1, 2, and 7, the recommended method is
as follows:

- Try find an element
*g* of the given ideal,
such that LT(*g*) is

not in the ideal generated
by the leading terms of the given polynomials
g_{1}, ..., g_{s}.

The most effective strategy involves doing calculations in which
leading terms cancel -- for instance,

you can multiply two of the given generators by monomials (or constant
multiples of monomials)

so that cancellation will happen when you subtract.

We'll see in the near future that this amounts to
calculating the **S-polynomial** S(g_{i}, g_{j}).

*Probably not needed for these problems,
but mentioned
just in case . . . *

If one of these calculations doesn't produce a "new" leading term,

then divide by
g_{1}, ..., g_{s} and take the remainder.

*2.* In exercise 17(a), prove the inclusion
⟨ x^{2} - y, x^{2} -2 ⟩ ⊂
⟨ x^{2} - y, y + x^{2} - 4 ⟩,

by doing a
calculation to show that x^{2} -2 ∈
⟨ x^{2} - y, y + x^{2} - 4 ⟩. Then do another

ideal membership calculation to show that the opposite set inclusion
also holds.

Comments and questions to:
`roberts@math.umn.edu`

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