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Module of coefficients and module of values. -module M. We let — (f(R)) be the R-module of values of / (generated by the values of / ) , — C(f) be the content module of / (generated by the coefficients of / ) . We want to compare these two submodules of M. First it is clear that we always have a containment: 14 I. 17. Let R be a ring, M be an R-module and f be a polynomial with coefficients in M. Then (f(R)} Q C(f). 18. Let R be a ring, M be an R-module and f be a polynomial of degree n with coefficients in M.

Similar results may be obtained in the case of function fields. 25 II. ADDITIVE STRUCTURE 26 I I. 1. Characteristic ideals Let B be a domain such that D[X] C B C K[X]. }. If B = Int(D) we often write 3n instead of 3n{B). )} nG j^ is an increasing sequence of D-modules. -CK and, for each n and m G N, 3n(£)3m(£) C Jn-\-m (B). Fractional ideals. Recall that a fractional ideal of D is a D-submodule 3 of if which is a fractional subset, that is, there exists a nonzero element doiD such that d3 is an integral ideal of D.

I) Similarly, one can prove that if G is a set of polynomials of By such that, for each n, the leading coefficients of the polynomials of degree n in G generate the D-module 3n(B), then G is a system of generators of the Z)-module B [Exercise 5]. For example, if D is a Dedekind domain, every ideal can be generated by two elements, one of which can be chosen to be an arbitrary nonzero element in this ideal. We thus obtain a system of generators of Int(D) with two polynomials for each degree n, one of them being an arbitrary polynomial of degree n in Int(D), for instance Xn.