Two elements in a ring with unity are associates or associated elements of each other if one can be obtained from the other by multiplying by some unit, that is, and are associates if there is a unit such that . Equivalently, one can say that two associates are divisible by each other.
Examples. In the ring of the rational integers, only opposite numbers are associates. Among the polynomials, the associates of a polynomial are gotten by multiplying the polynomial by an element belonging to the coefficient ring in question (and being no zero divisor).
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