Hello All,

I am trying to prove the insolvability of quintics, and I am now working on finite fields.

I have proved Freshman's dream (a+b)^p = a^p + b^p for field with char = p, and that is obvious.

However, I have seen a couple of authors use (a-b)^p = a^p - b^p in some of the proofs for finite fields. While p is odd, this is certainly right, but what if p = 2? How can this subtraction version of Freshman's dream be true in general?

Thanks!!!

Regards,

Bosco

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