• Wang, Yao (School of Mathematics and Statistics Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology) ;
  • Ren, Yanli (School of Mathematics and Information Technology Nanjing Xiaozhuang University)
  • Received : 2012.12.11
  • Published : 2013.09.30


P. V$\acute{a}$mos called a ring R 2-good if every element is the sum of two units. The ring of all $n{\times}n$ matrices over an elementary divisor ring is 2-good. A (right) self-injective von Neumann regular ring is 2-good provided it has no 2-torsion. Some of the earlier results known to us about 2-good rings (although nobody so called at those times) were due to Ehrlich, Henriksen, Fisher, Snider, Rapharl and Badawi. We continue in this paper the study of 2-good rings by several authors. We give some examples of 2-good rings and their related properties. In particular, it is shown that if R is an exchange ring with Artinian primitive factors and 2 is a unit in R, then R is 2-good. We also investigate various kinds of extensions of 2-good rings, including the polynomial extension, Nagata extension and Dorroh extension.


Supported by : National Nature Science Foundation of China


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