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International Journal of Mathematics and Mathematical Sciences
Volume 14, Issue 3, Pages 615-618

When in a multiplicative derivation additive?

Department of Mathematics, Faculty of Education, Umm Al-Qura University, Taif, Saudi Arabia

Received 29 March 1990; Revised 19 December 1990

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Our main objective in this note is to prove the following. Suppose R is a ring having an idempotent element e(e0, e1) which satisfies: (M1)   xR=0  implies  x=0.(M2)   eRx=0  implies  x=0  (and hence  Rx=0  implies  x=0).(M3)   exeR(1e)=0  implies  exe=0. If d is any multiplicative derivation of R, then d is additive.