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How do we add elements in a quiver?

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I know how to multiply this (by concatenation) but how do we add them, i.e how do we interpet ab - c ? I don't understand why ab- c is not an element of $R^{2}$.

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You should ask this on math.stackexchange.com –  Mariano Suárez-Alvarez Oct 11 '11 at 15:48
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Just formally, think of non-commuting variables in a polynomial ring.

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Thanks, can you please explain why ab - c is not an element of $R^{2}$? –  New Oct 11 '11 at 16:09
Is it simply because assuming it is true then ab is $R^{2}$ because it has length $2$ and since $R^{2}$ is an ideal then $R^{2}$ contains $ab-(ab-c)=c$ which has length $1$ so impossible? –  New Oct 11 '11 at 16:11
Yes, that's right. –  Julian Kuelshammer Oct 11 '11 at 16:18
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