# Field Definition

The field is one of the key objects you will learn about in abstract algebra. Fields generalize the real numbers and complex numbers. They are sets with two operations that come with all the features you could wish for: commutativity, inverses, identities, associativity, and more. They give you a lot of freedom to do mathematics similar to regular algebra. Today we motivate the definition of a field by looking at 6 different groups, give the formal definition, and talk about the characteristic of the field and the starting point for all fields - prime fields.

The field is one of the key objects you will learn about in abstract algebra. Fields generalize the real numbers and complex numbers. They are sets with two operations that come with all the features you could wish for: commutativity, inverses, identities, associativity, and more. They give you a lot of freedom to do mathematics similar to regular algebra. Today we motivate the definition of a field by looking at 6 different groups, give the formal definition, and talk about the characteristic of the field and the starting point for all fields - prime fields.

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Abstract Algebra deals with groups, rings, fields, and modules. These are abstract structures which appear in many different branches of mathematics, including geometry, number theory, topology, and more. They even appear in scientific topics such as quantum mechanics.