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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    $\begingroup$ You should ask this on math.stackexchange.com $\endgroup$ – Mariano Suárez-Álvarez Oct 11 '11 at 15:48

Just formally, think of non-commuting variables in a polynomial ring.

  • $\begingroup$ Thanks, can you please explain why ab - c is not an element of $R^{2}$? $\endgroup$ – New Oct 11 '11 at 16:09
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    $\begingroup$ 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? $\endgroup$ – New Oct 11 '11 at 16:11
  • $\begingroup$ Yes, that's right. $\endgroup$ – Julian Kuelshammer Oct 11 '11 at 16:18

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