Given a representation-finite algebra B and a subalgebra A of B such that the Jacobson radicals of A and B coincide, we prove that the representation dimension of A is at most three. By a result of Igusa and Todorov, this implies that the finitistic dimension of A is finite.

We single out a class of translation quivers and prove combinatorially that the translation quivers in this class are coils. These coils form a class of special coils. They are easier to visualize, but still show all the strange behaviour of general coils, and contain quasi-stable tubes as special examples.

By introducing a twisted Hopf algebra we unify several important objects of study. Skew derivations of such an algebra are defined and the corresponding skew differential operator algebras are studied. This generalizes results in the Weyl algebra. Applying this investigation to the twisted Ringel–Hall algebra we get, in particular, a natural realiz...