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Can a group have the same 3-cocycles as one of its quotients?

Let $G$ be a finite group and let $Z^3(G,U(1))$ be the set (indeed, group under pointwise multiplication) of all normalized 3-cocycles $G\times G\times G\to U(1)$, with trivial action on $U(1)$. For ...
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Converse Lagrange Theorem?

Let $G$ be a non abelian group of order $12$, and $G \not \cong A_{4}$ Then $G$ contains an element of order $6$. How can I prove it? I know that the converse of Lagrange Theorem is not true for ...
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What does it mean a transitive permutation?

let $X$ be a finite set. Let G be a group. What is the meaning of $G$ is a transitive permutation on set $X$?
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Doubt about associative property of a group (Abstract Algebra).

I am new to abstract algebra and I have a doubt about the associative property. Suppose a set is given, such as $G=\{0,1,2,3,4\}$ under $\pmod{5}$ addition operation and we have to check whether $G$ ...
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$G$ be a finite group and $f \in Aut (G)$ such that $f^3$ is identity and $f$ has unique fixed point , then any $p$-Sylow subgroup is normal?

Let $G$ be a finite group and $f \in Aut (G)$ such that $f^3$ is identity and $f(x)=x \implies x=e$ ; then is it true that for every prime $p$ dividing $|G|$ , there is exactly one $p$-Sylow subgroup ...
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Classifying groups of order $6$ using semidirect products

Let G be a group of order 6. I am able to do the exercise without semidirect products($G \cong Z_6 $ or $S_3$) but I don't know how to use semidirect products to do this. By Sylow's theorem, there ...
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Sylow counting argument; prove G isomorphic to the direct product.

Let G be a group of order $|G|=pq^m$, where $p$ and $q$ are primes with $q^m<p$. i) Use a Sylow counting argument to show that $G\cong C_p\rtimes_hQ$ where Q is a group with $|Q|=q^m$ and ...
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Permutations of $S_n$ whose order divides a positive integer $m$

For which $n,m \in \mathbb{N}$ is $$K_m = \{\sigma \in S_{n}: \text{ord}(\sigma) \text{ divides } m \}$$ a subgroup of $S_{n}$? How does one approach such a problem?
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Prove that every sylow $2$-subgroup of $G$ is abelian.

Let $G$ be a finite group and $H \unlhd G$ where $|H|$ is odd and $G/H$ is abelian. Let $P$ be a sylow $2$-subgroup of $G$, then can we say that $P$ is abelian?
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High-school group-theory problem(given in a contest)

Let $G$ be a finite group and let $ H \le G $ be a subgroup of $G$. Suppose there is some $ \emptyset \neq S \subset G$ such that for any $x\in S$ we have $x^2 \notin H$. Prove that there is $T ...
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Normalizers of subgroups of Sylow $p$-subgroups

I am wondering whether there is an easy example of a finite group $G$ with a Sylow $p$-subgroup $P$ and a subgroup $Q\leq P$ such that the normalizer $N_P(Q)$ of $Q$ in $P$ is NOT a Sylow $p$-subgroup ...
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Is it true that if $|A|>\frac{|G|}{2}$ then $A^{-1}A=AA^{-1}=G$? [duplicate]

Let $G$ be a finite group, $A\subseteq G$ and put $A^{-1}=\{ a^{-1}:a\in A\}$. Is it true that if $|A|>\frac{|G|}{2}$ then $A^{-1}A=AA^{-1}=G$?
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If $G$ acts $k$-transitive and $k > 5$ and $G$ is neither alternating nor symmetric, then $(n-k)! \ge 2n$

The following is an exercise from D. Robinson: A Course in the Theory of Groups. Let $G$ be a $k$-transitive permutation group of degree $n$ which is neither alternating nor symmetric. Assume $k ...
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Can the galois group be the symmetric group, if the discriminant is a perfect square?

Let $f\in \mathbb Z[X]$ be an irreducible polynomial. Suppose, the discriminant of $f$ is a perfect square. Can the galois group of $f$ over $\mathbb Q$ be $S_d$, where $d$ denotes the degree of ...
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Centralizer of $(1,2,3)(4,5,6,7,8) \in A_{11}$

Let $$\tau = (1,2,3)(4,5,6,7,8) \in A_{11},$$ where $A_{11}$ is the group of even permutations. Let $H$ be the centralizer of $\tau$. I can easily prove that $H$ is a subgroup of $A_{11}$. How do I ...
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Prove/Disprove : Every polynomial with prime degree and coefficients in $[-1,1]$ has galois-group $S_p$

Conjecture : Let $p$ be a prime number , $f\in \mathbb Z[X]$ an irreducible polynomial with degree $p$ and coefficients in the range $[-1,1]$. Then the galois group of $f$ over $\mathbb Q$ ...
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Evaluate the Projection Operator for this Irreducible Representation of Dihedral Group

I am trying to compute the projector for the Dihedral group of order 12 ($D_{12}=D_{2n}$) for a certain Irreducible Representation. The representation is two dimensional and so I need to caculate ...
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For which $p$ is $G_p = \{\sigma \in S_{12}: \text{ord}(\sigma) \text{ divides } p \}$ a subgroup of $S_{12}$?

Let $p$ be a prime number. I've to figure out for which $p$ $$G_p = \{\sigma \in S_{12}: \text{ord}(\sigma) \text{ divides } p \}$$ is a subgroup of $S_{12}$. I realize that we have to ...
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Proper subgroup of $S_{15}$ that strictly contains $\sigma $

How does one prove that: There exists no cyclic proper subgroup of $S_{15}$ that strictly contains the following permutation (of order $10$)? $$\sigma = (1, 2,3, 4,5, 6, ...
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Proofs of congruence relations

Exercise 2.3 from "Introduction to Mathematical Cryptography" Let $p$ be a prime and $g$ an element in $\mathbb{F}_p^*$ of order $r$. (a) Suppose that $x = a$ and $x = b$ are both integer ...
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Generating space representation of all elements of a point group using generators

A well known set of groups are the 32 three-dimensional crystallographic point groups which elements represent the transformation matrices of the symmetry elements (rotation, reflection etc.). If one ...
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Prove or give a counterexample: If a group G has a subgroup of order n, then G has an element of order n

The question is given in the title. I am unable to come up with a counterexample and I'm thinking this could apply to cyclic groups but not necessarily to general groups. Does anyone have any ideas or ...
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$G$ is a finite group, if $ab^{-1}=ba^{-1}$ and $n$ is odd, then $a=b$

$G$ is a finite group of order $n$, then if $a,b\in G : ab^{-1}=ba^{-1}$ and $n$ is odd, then $a=b$. multiply both sides by $ab^{-1}$ we get $(ab^{-1})^2 = ab^{-1}ab^{-1}=ba^{-1}ab^{-1}=1$ so ...
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Find all homomorphisms $Q \rightarrow \mathbb{Z}_8$

Let $Q$ be the quaternion group. Find all homomorphisms $\phi: Q \rightarrow \mathbb{Z}_8$ What I get into is one big ifology: Of course $\phi(1) = 0$, then $0 = \phi(1) = \phi(-1 \cdot (-1)) ...
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Structure of frobenius groups.

Definition- A groups $G$ is called Frobenius if it has a proper nontrivial subgroup $H$ such that $H \cap H^g=1\ \forall\ g\in G-H$. Do we have a structure or classification theorem for (finite) ...
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Action via automorphism

I want to ask what does it mean to say a group $A$ acts on $N$ via automorphisms. It is a notion used in M.Isaacs book and I am not familiar with. I tried to find how it is defined but a scanned e ...
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Showing a non-isomorphism of groups

I need to show that $\Bbb Z^*_8$ is not isomorphic to $\Bbb Z^*_{10}$. $\Bbb Z^*_n$ means integers up to $n$ coprime with $n$ I do not know how to do this. I have difficulties doing proofs ...
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Finding all permutations which satisfy given condition

In a symmetric group $S_n$ find number of permutations $P$ such that in the disjoint cycle decomposition of $P$ , length of cycle containing $1$ is $k$ . Here's my attempt at this . I found number of ...
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The set of isomorphisms from a right coset of the automorphism group $Aut(X)$ in $S_n$.

From "Lecture Notes in Computer Science" by Christoph M. Hoffmann , on page 22- Theorem 4 Let $X$ and $X'$ be two isomorphic graphs with vertex set $V = \{1 ..... n\}$ , Then the set of ...
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Which one of the below options is correct?

I think the option $(Q)$ is true since $O(Q/\{-1,1\})= 8/2 = 4 = 2^2$. Since order is $p^2$ thus $(Q)$ option is true. Can anyone suggest about option $(P)$? Thanks
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Which of the following are isomorphic?

I am a beginning learner of group theory. Which of the following are isomorphic:$$\mathbb{Z_{24}}, D_{4}\times \mathbb{Z_{3}},A_{4}\times \mathbb{Z_{2}},\mathbb{Z_{2}}\times D_{6}, ...
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Prove that $g\in P$

Let $G$ be a finite group and $P$ a Sylow $2$-subgroup. If $g$ is an element of $G$ with order a power of $2$ then it lies in some conjugate of $P$. I get this. But if also $g\in C_G(P)$, then it is ...
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Expressing $z\in G$ as $z=gh^2$ where $g$ is a $2$-element and $|h|$ is odd

Let $z\in G$ where $G$ is a finite group, then is it always true that there exist elements $g,h\in G$ such that $z=gh^2$ where $|g|=2^k$ for $k \in \Bbb{Z_{\ge0}}$ and $|h|$ is odd?
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Does the order of a finite group divide the product of degrees of a system of parameters of the invariant algebra?

Let $V$ be a vector space of dimension $n$ over a finite field $\mathbb{F}$, and let $G$ be a subgroup of the finite group $\operatorname{GL}(V)$. Then $G$ acts on the graded algebra $\mathbb{F}(V)$ ...
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Several true/false statements about a finite group $a,g\in G$ such that $a$ is of order $2$

Let $G$ be a finite group, and $a,g\in G$ such that $a$ is of order $2$, then the following is either true or false: The element $gag^{-1}$ is of order $2$. $(ag)^2=g^2$ if $ag$ is of ...
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Multiplying elements of a multiplicative cyclic group

This is about correct operation in a multiplicative cyclic group. Say we have the group $\mathbb Z_4^{\times} = \{1,2,3\}$, if we multiply the elements, say $3\cdot 2\cdot 2 $ we get $12 \mod 4 = 0$ ...
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Characteristic subgroups of order $2$

Could anybody give an example of a finite abelian $2$-group with more than one characteristic subgroup of order $2$ ? (In other words, a finite abelian $2$-group $G$ with a Klein subgroup $V$ such ...
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Estimate the number of “solvable” polynomials with degree $d$ and coefficient limit $l$

Enumerate the irreducible polynomials with degree $d$ and integer coefficients $[-l,l]$ and check how many of them have a solvable galois-group. We can assume that the leading coefficient of the ...
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$G$ is a finite group, if $m\in \mathbb N$ such that $g^m=1$ for all $g\in G$, then $m=n$.

Prove / disprove: Let $G$ be a finite group of order $n$, if $m\in \mathbb N$ such that $g^m=1$ for all $g\in G$, then $m=n$. I can't find a group that will satisfy this condition so I think it's ...
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Semidirect product when the action factors

Suppose I am forming a semidirect product of finite groups $G \rtimes_\theta A$. Here, $\theta : A \to \mathrm{Aut}(G)$ is a homomorphism. Now, suppose I notice that the homomorphism $\theta$ factors ...
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Why is $M_{21}\cong PSL_3(\mathbb{F}_4)$?

I have recently been reading about the Large Mathieu Groups in "The Finite Simple Groups" by Robert Wilson and I have not come across any explanation of this isomorphism as of yet. In this context, ...
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$H$ be a proper subgroup of finite group $G$ such that $H \cap gHg^{-1}=\{e\} , \forall g \in G \setminus H$ , then $|\cup gHg^{-1}|>\dfrac 12 |G|+1$

Let $H$ be a proper subgroup of finite group $G$ such that $H \cap gHg^{-1}=\{e\}$ for all $g \in G \setminus H$. Then is it true that $$|\cup_{g \in G \setminus H}gHg^{-1}|>\dfrac 12 |G|+1$$ If ...
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How can I check whether the group $[16,13]$ in GAP with $3$ generators can be generated by $2$ elements?

The group $[16,13]$ in GAP has structure $(C4\times C2):C2$ and is generated by the permutations $(1234)(5678)$ , $(15)(26)(37)(48)$ and $(57)(68)$ . The group $[16,3]$ in contrast with the same ...
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Which non-abelian finite groups have the property that every subgroup is normal?

If $G$ is an abelian group, every subgroup $H$ of $G$ is normal. I searched for non-abelian finite groups $G$ , such that every subgroup is normal and GAP showed only the groups $G'\times Q_8$ , ...
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Only two groups of order $10$: $C_{10}$ and $D_{10}$

Show that up to isomorphism there exist only two groups of order 10: $C_{10}$ and $D_{10}$. I need some help on this question. I only know the basic definitions of isomorphism. Any hints?
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Alternative construction of the twisted group $^2 E_6 (q)$.

I am looking for the alternative construction of the twisted finite simple group $^2 E_6 (q)$ possibly avoiding the Lie theory. Especially I am interested in calculating its order. Maybe some of you ...
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How can I prove that $G$ is not a simple group. [duplicate]

I only have that $|G|=4n+2$ for $n \in \mathbb{N}$. And I have to prove that G is not a simple group.
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Why is the Young symmetrizer non-zero?

Suppose $\lambda$ is a partition of the natural number $n$ and $T$ is a standard Young Tableaux of shape $\lambda$. Let $$P_{\lambda}:=\lbrace g\in S_n:g\text{ preserves the rows of }T\rbrace$$ and ...
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$G$ be a group of order $pn$ , where $p$ is a prime and $p>n$ , then is it true that any subgroup of order $p$ is normal in $G$?

Let $G$ be a group of order $pn$ , where $p$ is a prime and $p>n$ , then is it true that any subgroup of order $p$ is normal in $G$ ? ( I know that any subgroup of index smallest prime dividing ...
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Quotient of $S_4$ by a normal subgroup

Is this true? > Quotient of $S_4$ by a normal subgroup of order 4 is Abelian ? As the group is of order 4!/4=6, so it is either $S_3$ or $\mathbb Z_6$. how to decide? please help.