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Should be used with the (group-theory) tag. A group $(G,*)$ is said to be abelian if $a*b=b*a$ for all $a,b\in G.$

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### The direct sum $\oplus$ versus the cartesian product $\times$

In the case of abelian groups, I have been treating these two set operations as more or less indistinguishable. In early mathematics courses, one normally defines $A^n := A\times A\times\ldots\times A$...
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### If the tensor power $M^{\otimes n} = 0$, is it possible that $M^{\otimes n-1}$ is nonzero?

Let $M$ be a module over a commutative ring $R$. It is possible that $M \otimes M = 0$ if $M$ is nonzero, for example when $R = \mathbb{Z}$ and $M = \mathbb{Q}/ \mathbb{Z}$. What about when higher ...
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### If $G/Z(G)$ is cyclic, then $G$ is abelian

Continuing my work through Dummit & Foote's "Abstract Algebra", 3.1.36 asks the following (which is exactly the same as exercise 5 in this related MSE answer): Prove that if $G/Z(G)$ is cyclic,...
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### Are these exactly the abelian groups?

I'm thinking about the following condition on a group $G$. $$(\forall A\subseteq G)(\forall g\in G)(\exists h\in G)\ Ag=hA.$$ Obviously every abelian group $G$ satisfies this condition. Are ...
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### Why is every abelian group the direct limit of its finitely generated subgroups?

I'm taking classes in homological algebra now, and the book (together with the lecturer) seem to assume more category theory than I already know. A "fact" that is used freely in the book ("...
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### For abelian groups: does knowing $\text{Hom}(X,Z)$ for all $Z$ suffice to determine $X$?

Let $X$ and $Y$ be abelian groups. Suppose $\text{Hom}(X,Z)\cong \text{Hom}(Y,Z)$ for all abelian groups $Z$. Does it follow that $X \cong Y$? It has been answered before that this is true if the ...