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This package provides a function for computing primitive elements of multiple algebraic extensions of rationals.
Given algebraic numbers , , we can always find a single algebraic number such that each of , , can be expressed as a polynomial in with rational coefficients. The number is called a primitive element of the field extension (, , )/. In other words, an algebraic number is a primitive element of (, , )/ iff (, , ) = ().
The function PrimitiveElement takes a variable and a list of algebraic numbers , , and returns a primitive element of (, , )/, and a list of polynomials (), , () such that = () for all


The primitive element of an algebraic extension of the rationals.

  • This loads the package.
  • In[1]:= <<NumberTheory`PrimitiveElement`

  • Here is a primitive element of (Sqrt[2], Sqrt[3])/, and a list of polynomials showing how to represent Sqrt[2] and Sqrt[3]

    in terms of the primitive element.
  • In[2]:= PrimitiveElement[z, {Sqrt[2], Sqrt[3]}]


  • This checks that the computed polynomials evaluated at the primitive element give Sqrt[2] and Sqrt[3].
  • In[3]:= RootReduce[%[[2]] /. z -> %[[1]]]