#### Abstract

The homotopy of chain maps on preabelian categories is investigated and the equality of standard homologies and -homologies of homotopic chain maps is established. As a special case, if and are the same homotopy type, then their th -homology -modules are isomorphic, and if is a contractible space, then its th -homology -modules for are trivial.

#### 1. Introduction and Preliminaries

It is known that the homotopic chain maps of abelian groups or more generally of -modules have the same homologies; see [1, 2]. In this paper, the homotopy of chain maps on preabelian categories is investigated and it is proved that homotopic chain maps have the same -homologies and the same -homologies.

To this end, for a pointed category , following the notation of [3], we recall the following.

(i) For , the maps , , and are, respectively, the kernel, the cokernel, and the kernel pair of ; see [4, 5].

(ii) The image of is the coequalizer of the kernel pair of . In a homological category, ; see [4].

(iii) For a pair of maps , the maps and are, respectively, the equalizer and the coequalizer of .

(iv) Given the diagram below in which the squares are commutative and the rows are coequalizers, is the unique map making the right square commute. Furthermore, is a regular epi.

(v) For a category with a zero object, kernels, kernel pairs, and coequalizers of kernel pairs, the arrow category of has as objects the morphisms of and as morphisms from to the pairs of morphisms of , making the following square commutative:And the pair-chain category of has as objects the pair-chains, that is, the composable pairs, , of morphisms of , such that , and as morphisms from to the triple of morphisms of , making the following squares commutative:

Being functor of the following items are investigated and established in [3].

(vi) The kernel functor takes to the left vertical arrow in the following commutative diagram:

(vii) The image functor takes to the left vertical arrow in the following commutative diagram:

(viii) The functor takes the object to and the morphism to , and we have the following commutative diagram:

In a pointed regular (homological, semiabelian, or abelian) category, is monic; see [3, 4].

(ix) With , the squaring functor, taking to , a kernel transformation is a natural transformation such that for all in , the pullback, , of along and the coequalizer of the pair and exist, where and are the projection maps.

(x) The -homology functor takes to and the morphism to . We have the following commutative diagram:

(xi) Let be a commutative ring with unity. Any kernel transformation in is of the form , for some . In particular, any kernel transformation in is of the form , for some .

(xii) Let and with . Let be a pair-chain. Then, , is the inclusion, and , where is the equivalence class under the equivalence relation if and only if such that and .

(xiii) As a special case of above example, for or with , we have .

We call the homology which is defined in [2, 4] the standard homology.

(xiv) The standard homology or -homology functor takes to , and for a pair-chain map , we have the following commutative diagram:where and .

#### 2. Homotopy

*Definition 1. *Let be an additive category. Two morphismsin are said to be homotopic whenever there is a pair of morphisms in , as in the diagram below, such that ; see [2],

Theorem 2. *Let be a preabelian category. If the maps and in are homotopic, then .*

*Proof. *Considersince we have .

, since is a regular epi. Therefore, .

Lemma 3. *Let be a pointed category with pullbacks and pushouts and let be a kernel transformation in . There is a natural transformation . Furthermore, is pointwise regular epic.*

*Proof. *Let be a natural transformation. For and , . Factoring and using the morphism , naturality of yields, , and so . Setting , we get . So, there exists a unique map , such that the triangles in the following diagram commute:Therefore, and so that . Then, there is a unique morphism such that ; that is, the following diagram commutes:Furthermore, by a mentioned point in preliminaries, is regular epic.

To show naturality, given in , consider the following diagram that, by the above diagram the triangles commute, with the functors and implying the square and the left parallelogram are commutative:We have . Since is epic, and the right parallelogram commutes. Then, the following diagram commutes:and so is a natural transformation.

Theorem 4. *Let be a preabelian category. If and are homotopic, then .*

*Proof. *The equalities , , , and and the facts that is regular epic and standard homologies are equal imply as desired.

*Definition 5. *Let be a pointed category. A chain complex in is a differential graded object of of degree −1 asin which for all and a chain map is a graded map as in the following diagram, in which all the squares commute:

These chain complexes and chain maps form a category that is denoted by .

*Definition 6. *Let be an additive category and two maps in ; one says is chain homotopic to if there is a morphism of degree 1 assuch that .

Corollary 7. *Let be a preabelian category and let and be homotopic in . Then, and .*

*Proof. *Suppose is a homotopy of the pair ; that is, there is the following diagram in which for all we have :By the above theorems, and , where .

Let , , , , and be, respectively, categories of topological spaces, simplicial sets, simplicial -modules, chain complexes of -modules, and graded -modules, and let , , , and be, respectively, singular functor, induced functor by free generator functor , chain complexes generator functor, and -homology functor. If , then the singular -homology of is . is PID.

*Example 8. *If is homotopic continuous maps, then .

*Example 9. *Let 1 be a terminal object in . Since for and the natural transformation is pointwise regular epic, for and in which .

Let be simplicial complexes and let be the simplicial functor. If , then the simplicial -homology of is .

*Example 10. *Let be a terminal object in . Then, for .

#### Conflict of Interests

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