Algebra Defined by Ring Homomorphism is Associative

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Let $R$ be a commutative ring.

Let $\struct {S, +, *}$ be a ring with unity.

Let $f: R \to S$ be a ring homomorphism.

Let the image of $f$ be a subset of the center of $S$.

Let $\struct {S_R, *}$ be the algebra defined by the ring homomorphism $f$.

Then $\struct {S_R, *}$ is an associative algebra.


By definition, the multiplication of $\struct {S_R, *}$ is the ring product of $S$.

Thus it follows immediately from the fact that $S$ is a ring, that $\struct {S_R, *}$ is an associative algebra.


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