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Absolute value is a group homomorphism on the multiplicative real numbers


Solution to Abstract Algebra by Dummit & Foote 3rd edition Chapter 3.1 Exercise 3.1.8

Let $\varphi : \mathbb{R}^\times \rightarrow \mathbb{R}^\times$ be given by $x \mapsto |x|$. Prove that $\varphi$ is a homomorphism and find its image. Describe the kernel and fibers of $\varphi$.


Solution: $\varphi$ is a homomorphism since $$\varphi(ab) = |ab| = |a||b| = \varphi(a) \varphi(b);$$ by the definition of $|\cdot|$, the image of $\varphi$ is $\{ x \in \mathbb{R}^\times \ |\ x > 0 \}$. The kernel of $\varphi$ is $\{ 1, -1 \}$, and the fiber of $c$ is $\{ c, -c \}$.


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