The K-theory of a polynomial ring R[t] contains the K-theory of R as a summand. For R commutative and containing ℚ, we describe K*(R[t])/K*(R) in terms of Hochschild homology and the cohomology of Kähler differentials for the cdh topology. We use this to address Bass' question, whether Kn(R)=Kn(R[t]) implies Kn(R)=Kn(R[t1,t2]). The answer to this question is affirmative when R is essentially of finite type over the complex numbers, but negative in general.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes