1. CMB Online first
 Polak, Jason K. C.

Counting separable polynomials in $\mathbb{Z}/n[x]$
For a commutative ring $R$, a polynomial $f\in R[x]$ is called
separable if $R[x]/f$ is a separable $R$algebra. We derive formulae
for the number of separable polynomials when $R = \mathbb{Z}/n$, extending
a result of L. Carlitz. For instance, we show that the number
of separable polynomials in $\mathbb{Z}/n[x]$
that are separable is $\phi(n)n^d\prod_i(1p_i^{d})$
where $n = \prod p_i^{k_i}$ is the prime factorisation of $n$
and $\phi$ is Euler's totient function.
Keywords:separable algebra, separable polynomial Categories:13H05, 13B25, 13M10 

2. CMB Online first
 Friedl, Stefan; Vidussi, Stefano

Twisted Alexander invariants detect trivial links
It follows from earlier work of SilverWilliams and the authors
that twisted Alexander polynomials detect the unknot and the
Hopf link.
We now show that twisted Alexander polynomials also detect the
trefoil and the figure8 knot,
that twisted Alexander polynomials detect whether a link is split
and that twisted Alexander modules detect trivial links. We use
this result to provide algorithms for detecting whether a link
is the unlink, whether it is split and whether it is totally
split.
Keywords:twisted Alexander polynomial, virtual fibering theorem, unlink detection Category:57M27 

3. CMB Online first
 Rousseau, C.

The Bifurcation Diagram of Cubic Polynomial Vector Fields on $\mathbb C\mathbb P^1$
In this paper we give the bifurcation diagram
of the family of cubic vector fields $\dot z=z^3+ \epsilon_1z+\epsilon_0$
for $z\in \mathbb{C}\mathbb{P}^1$, depending on the values of
$\epsilon_1,\epsilon_0\in\mathbb{C}$.
The bifurcation diagram is in $\mathbb{R}^4$, but its conic structure
allows describing it for parameter values in $\mathbb{S}^3$. There are
two open simply connected regions of structurally stable vector
fields separated by surfaces corresponding to bifurcations of
homoclinic connections between two separatrices of the pole at
infinity. These branch from the codimension 2 curve of double
singular points. We also explain the bifurcation of homoclinic
connection in terms of the description of Douady and Sentenac
of polynomial vector fields.
Keywords:complex polynomial vector field, bifurcation diagram, DouadySentenac invariant Categories:34M45, 32G34 

4. CMB Online first
 Kurdyka, Krzysztof; Paunescu, Laurentiu

Nuij type pencils of hyperbolic polynomials
Nuij's theorem states that if a polynomial $p\in \mathbb{R}[z]$ is hyperbolic
(i.e. has only real roots) then $p+sp'$ is also hyperbolic for
any
$s\in \mathbb{R}$. We study other perturbations of hyperbolic polynomials
of the form $p_a(z,s): =p(z) +\sum_{k=1}^d a_ks^kp^{(k)}(z)$.
We give a full characterization of those $a= (a_1, \dots,
a_d) \in \mathbb{R}^d$ for which $p_a(z,s)$ is a pencil of hyperbolic
polynomials.
We give also a full characterization of those $a= (a_1, \dots,
a_d) \in \mathbb{R}^d$ for which the associated families $p_a(z,s)$
admit universal determinantal representations. In fact we show
that all these sequences come from special symmetric Toeplitz
matrices.
Keywords:hyperbolic polynomial, stable polynomial, determinantal representa tion, symmetric Toeplitz matrix Categories:15A15, 30C10, 47A56 

5. CMB Online first
 Dobrowolski, Edward

A note on Lawton's theorem
We prove Lawton's conjecture about the upper bound on the measure
of the set on the unit circle on which a complex polynomial with
a bounded number of coefficients takes small values. Namely,
we prove that Lawton's bound holds for polynomials that are not
necessarily monic. We also provide an analogous bound for polynomials
in several variables. Finally, we investigate the dependence
of the bound on the multiplicity of zeros for polynomials in
one variable.
Keywords:polynomial, Mahler measure Categories:11R09, 11R06 

6. CMB Online first
 Eroǧlu, Münevver Pınar; Argaç, Nurcan

On Identities with Composition of Generalized Derivations
Let $R$ be a prime ring with extended
centroid $C$, $Q$ maximal right ring of quotients of $R$, $RC$
central closure of $R$ such that $dim_{C}(RC)
\gt 4$, $f(X_{1},\dots,X_{n})$
a multilinear polynomial over $C$ which is not centralvalued
on $R$ and $f(R)$ the set of all evaluations of the multilinear
polynomial $f\big(X_{1},\dots,X_{n}\big)$ in $R$. Suppose that
$G$ is a nonzero generalized derivation of $R$ such that $G^2\big(u\big)u
\in C$ for all $u\in f(R)$ then one of the following conditions
holds:
(I) there exists $a\in Q$ such that $a^2=0$ and
either $G(x)=ax$ for all $x\in R$ or $G(x)=xa$ for all $x\in
R$;
(II) there exists $a\in Q$ such that $0\neq a^2\in
C$ and either $G(x)=ax$ for all $x\in R$ or $G(x)=xa$ for all
$x\in R$ and $f(X_{1},\dots,X_{n})^{2}$ is centralvalued on
$R$;
(III) $char(R)=2$ and one of the following holds:
(i) there exist $a, b\in Q$ such that $G(x)=ax+xb$ for all
$x\in R$ and $a^{2}=b^{2}\in C$;
(ii) there exist $a, b\in Q$ such that $G(x)=ax+xb$ for all
$x\in R$, $a^{2}, b^{2}\in C$ and $f(X_{1},\ldots,X_{n})^{2}$
is centralvalued on $R$;
(iii) there exist $a \in Q$ and an $X$outer derivation $d$
of $R$ such that $G(x)=ax+d(x)$ for all $x\in R$, $d^2=0$ and
$a^2+d(a)=0$;
(iv) there exist $a \in Q$ and an $X$outer derivation $d$
of $R$ such that $G(x)=ax+d(x)$ for all $x\in R$, $d^2=0$,
$a^2+d(a)\in C$ and $f(X_{1},\dots,X_{n})^{2}$ is centralvalued
on $R$.
Moreover, we characterize the form of nonzero generalized derivations
$G$ of $R$ satisfying $G^2(x)=\lambda x$ for all $x\in R$, where
$\lambda \in C$.
Keywords:prime ring, generalized derivation, composition, extended centroid, multilinear polynomial, maximal right ring of quotients Categories:16N60, 16N25 

7. CMB 2016 (vol 60 pp. 77)
 Christ, Michael; Rieffel, Marc A.

Nilpotent Group C*algebras as Compact Quantum Metric Spaces
Let $\mathbb{L}$ be a length function on a group $G$, and let $M_\mathbb{L}$
denote the
operator of pointwise multiplication by $\mathbb{L}$ on $\lt(G)$.
Following Connes,
$M_\mathbb{L}$ can be used as a ``Dirac'' operator for the reduced
group C*algebra $C_r^*(G)$. It defines a
Lipschitz seminorm on $C_r^*(G)$, which defines a metric on the
state space of
$C_r^*(G)$. We show that
for any length function satisfying a strong form of polynomial
growth on a discrete group,
the topology from this metric
coincides with the
weak$*$ topology (a key property for the
definition of a ``compact quantum metric
space''). In particular, this holds for all wordlength functions
on finitely generated nilpotentbyfinite groups.
Keywords:group C*algebra, Dirac operator, quantum metric space, discrete nilpotent group, polynomial growth Categories:46L87, 20F65, 22D15, 53C23, 58B34 

8. CMB 2016 (vol 59 pp. 794)
 Hashemi, Ebrahim; Amirjan, R.

Zerodivisor Graphs of Ore Extensions over Reversible Rings
Let $R$ be an associative ring with identity.
First we prove some results about zerodivisor graphs of reversible
rings. Then we study the zerodivisors of the skew power series
ring $R[[x;\alpha]]$, whenever $R$ is reversible and $\alpha$compatible. Moreover, we compare the diameter and girth of the zerodivisor
graphs of $\Gamma(R)$, $\Gamma(R[x;\alpha,\delta])$ and $\Gamma(R[[x;\alpha]])$,
when
$R$ is reversible and $(\alpha,\delta)$compatible.
Keywords:zerodivisor graphs, reversible rings, McCoy rings, polynomial rings, power series rings Categories:13B25, 05C12, 16S36 

9. CMB 2016 (vol 59 pp. 661)
 Ying, Zhiling; Koşan, Tamer; Zhou, Yiqiang

Rings in Which Every Element is a Sum of Two Tripotents
Let $R$ be a ring. The following results are proved: $(1)$ every
element of $R$ is a sum of an idempotent and a tripotent that
commute iff $R$ has the identity $x^6=x^4$ iff $R\cong R_1\times
R_2$, where $R_1/J(R_1)$ is Boolean with $U(R_1)$ a group of
exponent $2$ and $R_2$ is zero or a subdirect product of $\mathbb
Z_3$'s; $(2)$ every element of $R$ is either a sum or a difference
of two commuting idempotents iff $R\cong R_1\times R_2$, where
$R_1/J(R_1)$ is Boolean with $J(R_1)=0$ or $J(R_1)=\{0,2\}$,
and $R_2$ is zero or a subdirect product of $\mathbb Z_3$'s;
$(3)$ every element of $R$ is a sum of two commuting tripotents
iff $R\cong R_1\times R_2\times R_3$, where $R_1/J(R_1)$ is Boolean
with $U(R_1)$ a group of exponent $2$, $R_2$ is zero or a subdirect
product of $\mathbb Z_3$'s, and $R_3$ is zero or a subdirect
product of $\mathbb Z_5$'s.
Keywords:idempotent, tripotent, Boolean ring, polynomial identity $x^3=x$, polynomial identity $x^6=x^4$, polynomial identity $x^8=x^4$ Categories:16S50, 16U60, 16U90 

10. CMB 2016 (vol 59 pp. 340)
 Kȩpczyk, Marek

A Note on Algebras that are Sums of Two Subalgebras
We study an associative algebra $A$ over an arbitrary field,
that is
a sum of two subalgebras $B$ and $C$ (i.e. $A=B+C$). We show
that if $B$ is a right or left Artinian $PI$ algebra and $C$
is a $PI$ algebra, then $A$ is a $PI$ algebra. Additionally we
generalize this result for semiprime algebras $A$.
Consider the class of
all semisimple finite dimensional algebras $A=B+C$ for some
subalgebras $B$ and $C$ which satisfy given polynomial identities
$f=0$ and $g=0$, respectively.
We prove that all algebras in this class satisfy a common polynomial
identity.
Keywords:rings with polynomial identities, prime rings Categories:16N40, 16R10, , 16S36, 16W60, 16R20 

11. CMB 2015 (vol 58 pp. 818)
 Llibre, Jaume; Zhang, Xiang

On the Limit Cycles of Linear Differential Systems with Homogeneous Nonlinearities
We consider the class of polynomial differential systems of the
form
$\dot x= \lambda xy+P_n(x,y)$, $\dot y=x+\lambda y+ Q_n(x,y),$ where
$P_n$ and $Q_n$ are homogeneous polynomials of degree $n$. For
this
class of differential systems we summarize the known results
for the
existence of limit cycles, and we provide new results for their
nonexistence and existence.
Keywords:polynomial differential system, limit cycles, differential equations on the cylinder Categories:34C35, 34D30 

12. CMB 2015 (vol 58 pp. 704)
 Benamar, H.; Chandoul, A.; Mkaouar, M.

On the Continued Fraction Expansion of Fixed Period in Finite Fields
The Chowla conjecture
states that,
if $t$ is any given
positive integer, there are infinitely many prime positive
integers $N$ such that $\operatorname{Per} (\sqrt{N})=t$, where
$\operatorname{Per} (\sqrt{N})$
is the period length of the continued fraction expansion for
$\sqrt{N}$.
C. Friesen proved
that, for any $k\in \mathbb{N}$, there are infinitely many
squarefree integers $N$, where the continued fraction expansion
of $\sqrt{N}$ has a fixed period. In this paper, we describe all
polynomials $Q\in \mathbb{F}_q[X] $ for which the continued fraction
expansion of $\sqrt {Q}$ has a fixed period, also we give a
lower
bound of the number of monic, nonsquares polynomials $Q$ such
that $\deg Q= 2d$ and $ Per \sqrt {Q}=t$.
Keywords:continued fractions, polynomials, formal power series Categories:11A55, 13J05 

13. CMB 2015 (vol 58 pp. 877)
 Zaatra, Mohamed

Generating Some Symmetric Semiclassical Orthogonal Polynomials
We show that if $v$ is a regular semiclassical form
(linear functional), then the symmetric form $u$ defined by the
relation
$x^{2}\sigma u = \lambda v$,
where $(\sigma f)(x)=f(x^{2})$ and the odd
moments of $u$ are $0$, is also
regular and semiclassical form for every
complex $\lambda $ except for a discrete set of numbers depending
on $v$. We give explicitly the threeterm recurrence relation
and the
structure relation coefficients of the orthogonal polynomials
sequence associated with $u$ and the class of the form $u$ knowing
that of $v$. We conclude with an illustrative example.
Keywords:orthogonal polynomials, quadratic decomposition, semiclassical forms, structure relation Categories:33C45, 42C05 

14. CMB 2015 (vol 59 pp. 159)
 MacColl, Joseph

Rotors in Khovanov Homology
Anstee, Przytycki, and Rolfsen introduced the idea of rotants,
pairs of links related by a generalised form of link mutation.
We exhibit infinitely many pairs of rotants which can be distinguished
by Khovanov homology, but not by the Jones polynomial.
Keywords:geometric topology, knot theory, rotants, khovanov homology, jones polynomial Categories:57M27, 57M25 

15. CMB 2015 (vol 58 pp. 423)
 Yamagishi, Masakazu

Resultants of Chebyshev Polynomials: The First, Second, Third, and Fourth Kinds
We give an explicit formula for the resultant of Chebyshev polynomials of the
first, second, third, and fourth kinds.
We also compute the resultant of modified cyclotomic polynomials.
Keywords:resultant, Chebyshev polynomial, cyclotomic polynomial Categories:11R09, 11R18, 12E10, 33C45 

16. CMB 2015 (vol 58 pp. 225)
 Aghigh, Kamal; Nikseresht, Azadeh

Characterizing Distinguished Pairs by Using Liftings of Irreducible Polynomials
Let $v$ be a henselian valuation of any rank of a field
$K$ and $\overline{v}$ be the unique extension of $v$ to a
fixed algebraic closure $\overline{K}$ of $K$. In 2005, it was studied properties
of those pairs $(\theta,\alpha)$ of elements of $\overline{K}$
with $[K(\theta): K]\gt [K(\alpha): K]$ where $\alpha$ is an element
of smallest degree over $K$ such that
$$
\overline{v}(\theta\alpha)=\sup\{\overline{v}(\theta\beta)
\ \beta\in \overline{K}, \ [K(\beta): K]\lt [K(\theta): K]\}.
$$
Such pairs are referred to as distinguished pairs.
We use the concept of liftings of irreducible polynomials to give a
different characterization of distinguished pairs.
Keywords:valued fields, nonArchimedean valued fields, irreducible polynomials Categories:12J10, 12J25, 12E05 

17. CMB 2014 (vol 57 pp. 609)
 NasrIsfahani, Alireza

Jacobson Radicals of Skew Polynomial Rings of Derivation Type
We provide necessary and sufficient conditions for a skew polynomial ring of derivation type to be semiprimitive, when the base ring has no nonzero nil ideals. This extends existing results on the Jacobson radical of skew polynomial rings of derivation
type.
Keywords:skew polynomial rings, Jacobson radical, derivation Categories:16S36, 16N20 

18. CMB 2014 (vol 57 pp. 538)
 Ide, Joshua; Jones, Lenny

Infinite Families of $A_4$Sextic Polynomials
In this article we develop a test to determine whether a sextic
polynomial that is irreducible over $\mathbb{Q}$ has Galois group isomorphic
to the alternating group $A_4$. This test does not involve the
computation of resolvents, and we use this test to construct several
infinite families of such polynomials.
Keywords:Galois group, sextic polynomial, inverse Galois theory, irreducible polynomial Categories:12F10, 12F12, 11R32, 11R09 

19. CMB 2012 (vol 56 pp. 759)
 Issa, Zahraa; Lalín, Matilde

A Generalization of a Theorem of Boyd and Lawton
The Mahler measure of a nonzero $n$variable polynomial $P$ is the integral of
$\logP$ on the unit $n$torus. A result of Boyd and Lawton says that
the Mahler measure of a multivariate polynomial is the limit of Mahler
measures of univariate polynomials. We prove the analogous
result for different extensions of Mahler measure such as generalized
Mahler measure (integrating the maximum of $\logP$ for possibly
different $P$'s),
multiple Mahler measure (involving products of $\logP$ for possibly
different $P$'s), and higher Mahler measure (involving $\log^kP$).
Keywords:Mahler measure, polynomial Categories:11R06, 11R09 

20. CMB 2012 (vol 56 pp. 844)
 Shparlinski, Igor E.

On the Average Number of SquareFree Values of Polynomials
We obtain an asymptotic formula for the number
of squarefree integers in $N$ consecutive values
of polynomials on average over integral
polynomials of degree at most $k$ and of
height at most $H$, where $H \ge N^{k1+\varepsilon}$
for some fixed $\varepsilon\gt 0$.
Individual results of this kind for polynomials of degree $k \gt 3$,
due to A. Granville (1998),
are only known under the $ABC$conjecture.
Keywords:polynomials, squarefree numbers Category:11N32 

21. CMB 2012 (vol 56 pp. 602)
22. CMB 2012 (vol 56 pp. 769)
23. CMB 2012 (vol 56 pp. 584)
 Liau, PaoKuei; Liu, ChengKai

On Automorphisms and Commutativity in Semiprime Rings
Let $R$ be a semiprime ring with center
$Z(R)$. For $x,y\in R$, we denote by $[x,y]=xyyx$ the commutator of
$x$ and $y$. If $\sigma$ is a nonidentity automorphism of $R$ such
that
$$
\Big[\big[\dots\big[[\sigma(x^{n_0}),x^{n_1}],x^{n_2}\big],\dots\big],x^{n_k}\Big]=0
$$
for all $x \in R$, where $n_{0},n_{1},n_{2},\dots,n_{k}$ are fixed
positive integers, then there exists a map $\mu\colon R\rightarrow Z(R)$
such that $\sigma(x)=x+\mu(x)$ for all $x\in R$. In particular, when
$R$ is a prime ring, $R$ is commutative.
Keywords:automorphism, generalized polynomial identity (GPI) Categories:16N60, 16W20, 16R50 

24. CMB 2011 (vol 56 pp. 510)
 Dubickas, Artūras

Linear Forms in Monic Integer Polynomials
We prove a necessary and sufficient condition on the list of
nonzero integers $u_1,\dots,u_k$, $k \geq 2$, under which a monic
polynomial $f \in \mathbb{Z}[x]$ is expressible by a linear form
$u_1f_1+\dots+u_kf_k$ in monic polynomials $f_1,\dots,f_k \in
\mathbb{Z}[x]$. This condition is independent of $f$. We also show that if
this condition holds, then the monic polynomials $f_1,\dots,f_k$
can be chosen to be irreducible in $\mathbb{Z}[x]$.
Keywords:irreducible polynomial, height, linear form in polynomials, Eisenstein's criterion Categories:11R09, 11C08, 11B83 

25. CMB 2011 (vol 56 pp. 251)
 Borwein, Peter; Choi, Stephen K. K.; Ganguli, Himadri

Sign Changes of the Liouville Function on Quadratics
Let $\lambda (n)$ denote the Liouville function. Complementary to the prime number theorem, Chowla conjectured
that
\begin{equation*}
\label{a.1}
\sum_{n\le x} \lambda (f(n)) =o(x)\tag{$*$}
\end{equation*}
for any polynomial $f(x)$ with integer coefficients which is not of
form $bg(x)^2$.
When $f(x)=x$, $(*)$ is equivalent to the prime number theorem.
Chowla's conjecture has been proved for linear functions,
but for degree
greater than 1, the conjecture seems
to be extremely hard and remains wide open.
One can consider a weaker form
of Chowla's conjecture.
Conjecture 1.
[Cassaigne et al.]
If $f(x) \in \mathbb{Z} [x]$ and is not in the form of $bg^2(x)$
for some $g(x)\in \mathbb{Z}[x]$, then $\lambda (f(n))$
changes sign infinitely often.
Clearly, Chowla's conjecture implies Conjecture 1.
Although weaker,
Conjecture 1 is still wide open for polynomials of degree $\gt 1$.
In this article, we study Conjecture 1 for
quadratic polynomials. One of our main theorems is the following.
Theorem 1
Let $f(x) = ax^2+bx +c $ with $a\gt 0$ and $l$
be a positive integer such that $al$ is
not a perfect square. If the
equation $f(n)=lm^2 $ has one solution
$(n_0,m_0) \in \mathbb{Z}^2$, then it has infinitely
many positive solutions $(n,m) \in \mathbb{N}^2$.
As a direct consequence of Theorem 1, we prove the following.
Theorem 2
Let $f(x)=ax^2+bx+c$ with $a \in \mathbb{N}$ and $b,c \in \mathbb{Z}$. Let
\[
A_0=\Bigl[\frac{b+(D+1)/2}{2a}\Bigr]+1.
\]
Then either the binary sequence $\{ \lambda (f(n)) \}_{n=A_0}^\infty$ is
a constant sequence or it changes sign infinitely often.
Some partial results of Conjecture 1 for quadratic polynomials are also proved using Theorem 1.
Keywords:Liouville function, Chowla's conjecture, prime number theorem, binary sequences, changes sign infinitely often, quadratic polynomials, Pell equation Categories:11N60, 11B83, 11D09 
