# What is the localization of Q[x]/(x) at 0

Q is a rational field. Q[x] is polynomial ring over Q 。(x) is maximal ideal of Q[x]. Take Q[x]/(x) as a module over Q[x]. Then what is Q[x]-module Q[x]/(x) localize at 0??

I think the result is Q[x]/(x) \ otimes_{Q[x]}Q(x) but on the other hand, from another way, I know it should be Q[1/x]/Q.

But how can I prove they are isomorphism?

• This looks like homework and is not appropriate for MO. Have you read the FAQ? – Qiaochu Yuan Dec 13 '09 at 16:13
• Sorry. In fact, I am using very general framework to revise the constructing injectives in Grothendieck category. I want to test this machinary using this example. However, I suddenly found that I could not prove this isomorphism – MAJIA Dec 13 '09 at 16:30
• Do you mean localized at the point x=0, or localized at the prime ideal (0)? – Alison Miller Dec 13 '09 at 17:07
• I am sorry. The multiplicative set should be S=Q[x]-(0) – MAJIA Dec 13 '09 at 17:27
• Connected to Scott's answer, you may also like to note that $\mathbb Q[x]/(x) \otimes_{\mathbb Q[x]}\mathbb Q(x) = 0$ since you can always take any basis element $r\otimes f$ and rewrite it as $r\otimes fx = rx\otimes f = 0$. Also, just by the recognition that $\mathbb Q[x]-(0)$ is your multiplicative set, you'll be able to see that the module vanishes; basically by the same argument again: x annihilates all of $\mathbb Q[x]/(x)$, and thus, if $x$ suddenly is invertible, we can take any $r\in\mathbb Q[x]/(x)$ and rewrite its image in the localization to $rx/x = 0/x = 0$. – Mikael Vejdemo-Johansson Dec 13 '09 at 17:46

If you localize Q[x] at zero, you get the field of rational functions Q(x), so your module localizes to a vector space over this field (see Wikipedia). Your module is finitely generated, in fact by a single element, so you get a vector space of dimension zero or one. To decide which is correct, we can use Proposition 2.1 in Eisenbud's Commutative algebra (with a view toward algebraic geometry): If M is finitely generated, then $M[U^{-1}] = 0$ if and only if M is annihilated by an element of U. In this case, x is such an annihilating element, and your localized module is zero. Therefore, your first answer is correct, and your second answer is wrong.
Isn't $Q[x]/(x)$ just $Q$. In general $Q[x]/(x-\alpha)$ is just evaluation of all polynomials at alpha.