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International Journal of Mathematics and Mathematical Sciences
Volume 2005, Issue 7, Pages 1031-1038

Identities with derivations and automorphisms on semiprime rings

Department of Mathematics, Faculty of Education, University of Maribor, Koroška cesta 160, Maribor 2000, Slovenia

Received 31 May 2004; Revised 17 January 2005

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The purpose of this paper is to investigate identities with derivations and automorphisms on semiprime rings. A classical result of Posner states that the existence of a nonzero centralizing derivation on a prime ring forces the ring to be commutative. Mayne proved that in case there exists a nontrivial centralizing automorphism on a prime ring, then the ring is commutative. In this paper, some results related to Posner's theorem as well as to Mayne's theorem are proved.