# Definition:Root of Polynomial

## Definition

Let $R$ be a commutative ring with unity.

Let $f \in R \sqbrk x$ be a polynomial over $R$.

A root in $R$ of $f$ is an element $x \in R$ for which $\map f x = 0$, where $\map f x$ denotes the image of $f$ under the evaluation homomorphism at $x$.

## Also known as

A root of a polynomial is also known as a zero.