# Abstract Model of Algebraic Extensions

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## Theorem

Let $K$ be a field and $\alpha \in \overline{K}$ be an element of the algebraic closure of $K$ which is algebraic over $K$.

Let $m_\alpha$ be the minimal polynomial of $\alpha$ over $K$.

Then:

- $K[\alpha] \cong K[x]/ \langle m_\alpha\rangle$

## Proof

Let $\phi: K[x] \to K [\alpha]$ be the homomorphism which fixes $K$ and maps $x$ to $\alpha$.

The kernel of $\phi$ consists of all polynomials which vanish at $\alpha$, which is precisely the ideal $\langle m_\alpha\rangle$.

The result follows by the First Fundamental Theorem on Ring Homomorphisms.

$\blacksquare$