# Free algebra over a ring

From Encyclopedia of Mathematics

2010 Mathematics Subject Classification: *Primary:* 17A50 [MSN][ZBL]

*$\Phi$ that is associative and commutative*

A free algebra in the variety of algebras over $\Phi$ (see Rings and algebras). The elements of such a free algebra with a free generating system $X$ are linear combinations of elements of the free magma generated by $X$ with coefficients from $\Phi$. In other words, this free algebra is a free module over $\Phi$ with the above-mentioned magma as its base. When $\Phi$ is the ring of integers, a free algebra over $\Phi$ is called a free ring (cf. Free associative algebra). Kurosh showed that a non-null subalgebra of a free algebra over a field $\Phi$ is a free algebra.

#### References

- Kurosh, A. "Nonassociative free algebras and free products of algebras". Mat. Sb., N. Ser.
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This article was adapted from an original article by L.A. Skornyakov (originator), which appeared in Encyclopedia of Mathematics - ISBN 1402006098. See original article