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Group of order 15 is abelian

How do I prove group of order 15 is abelian? Is there any general strategy to prove that a group of particular order(composite order) is abelian?
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Normal subgroup of prime index

Generalizing the case $p=2$ we would like to know if the statement below is true. Let $p$ the smallest prime dividing the order of $G$. If $H$ is a subgroup of $G$ with index $p$ then $H$ is normal. ...
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$\operatorname{Aut}(V)$ is isomorphic to $S_3$

I'm currently working my way through Harvard's online abstract algebra lectures (if you're interested, you can find them here). The lectures come complete with notes and homework problems. Of ...
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Finite group for which $|\{x:x^m=e\}|\leq m$ for all $m$ is cyclic.

Let $G$ be a finite group. For each positive integer $m$, if $x^{m}=e$ has at most $m$ solutions in $G$, $G$ is cyclic. What I have thought is that $n=\sum_{d\mid n}\phi(d)$ can be used to solve ...
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An epimorphism from $S_{4}$ to $S_{3}$ having the kernel isomorphic to Klein four-group

Exercise $7$, page 51 from Hungerford's book Algebra. Show that $N=\{(1),(12)(34), (13)(24),(14)(23)\}$ is a normal subgroup of $S_{4}$ contained in $A_{4}$ such that $S_{4}/N\cong S_{3}$ and ...
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Group of even order contains an element of order 2

I am working on the following problem from group theory: If $G$ is a group of order $2n$ (i.e., the cardinality of the set $G$ is $2n$), show that the number of elements of $G$ of order $2$ is odd. ...
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Problem from Herstein on group theory

The problem is: If $ G $ is a finite group with order not divisible by $ 3 $, and $ (ab)^{3} = a^{3} b^{3} $ for all $ a,b \in G $, then show that $ G $ is abelian. I have been trying this for a ...
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Classifying the irreducible representations of $\mathbb{Z}/p\mathbb{Z}\rtimes \mathbb{Z}/n \mathbb{Z}$

I need help with the following problem: Suppose $n$ is some positive integer, and $n|p-1$. Classify all irreducible representations of $$\mathbb{Z}/p\mathbb{Z}\rtimes \mathbb{Z}/n \mathbb{Z}.$$ ...
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Has this “generalized semidirect product” been studied?

If $G$ is a finite group with subgroups $H$ and $K$ such that $HK = G$ and $H\cap K = \{1\}$ we get that every element of $G$ can be written uniquely as $hk$ with $h\in H$ and $k\in K$. This then ...
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If $|\lbrace g \in G: \pi (g)=g^{-1} \rbrace|>\frac{3|G|}{4}$, then $G$ is an abelian group.

Assume that $\pi$ is an automorphism of a finite group $G$. Let $S$ denote the set $\lbrace g \in G: \pi (g)=g^{-1} \rbrace$. Show that if $|S|>\frac{3|G|}{4}$, then $G$ is an abelian group. ...
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Product of all elements in an odd finite abelian group is 1

This should be an easy exercise: Given a finite odd abelian group $G$, prove that $\prod_{g\in G}g=e$. Indeed, using Lagrange's theorem this is trivial: There is no element of order 2 (since the order ...
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A normal subgroup intersects the center of the $p$-group nontrivially

If $G$ is a finite $p$-group with a nontrivial normal subgroup $H$, then the intersection of $H$ and the center of $G$ is not trivial.
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Definition of $K$-conjugacy classes

I would like to understand the definition of "$K$-conjugacy classes" I found in an article by G. Pazderski Pazderski, Gerhard. "On the number of irreducible representations of a finite group." ...
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More than 99% of groups of order less than 2000 are of order 1024?

In Algebra: Chapter 0, the author made a remark (footnote on page 82), saying that more than 99% of groups of order less than 2000 are of order 1024. Is this for real? How can one deduce this result? ...
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Automorphism group of the quaternion group

Let $Q_8$ be the quaternion group. How do we determine the automorphism group $Aut(Q_8)$ of $Q_8$ algebraically? I searched for this problem on internet. I found some geometric proofs that $Aut(Q_8)$ ...
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A kind of converse of Lagrange's Theorem

Let $G$ a finite group. If $a\in G$, a consequence of the Lagrange's Theorem is that the order of $a$ divides the order of $G$. Let $p=|G|$. If $p$ is prime, it is well known that $G$ is cyclic, and ...
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Elementary isomorphism between $\operatorname{PSL}(2,5)$ and $A_5$

At this Wikipedia page it is claimed that to construct an isomorphism between $\operatorname{PSL}(2,5)$ and $A_5$, "one needs to consider" $\operatorname{PSL}(2,5)$ as a Galois group of a Galois cover ...
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Product of elements of a finite abelian group

Suppose $G=\{a_1,...,a_n\}$ is a finite abelian group, and let $x=a_1a_2\dotsm a_n$. Prove that if there is more than one element of order $2$ then $x=e$. What I've done so far: (#1 is just for ...
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Order of general- and special linear groups over finite fields.

Let $\mathbb{F}_3$ be the field with three elements. Let $n\geq 1$. How many elements do the following groups have? $\text{GL}_n(\mathbb{F}_3)$ $\text{SL}_n(\mathbb{F}_3)$ Here GL is the general ...
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Finite Groups with exactly $n$ conjugacy classes $(n=2,3,…)$

I am looking to classify (up to isomorphism) those finite groups $G$ with exactly 2 conjugacy classes. If $G$ is abelian, then each element forms its own conjugacy class, so only the cyclic group of ...
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Recovering a finite group's structure from the order of its elements.

Suppose you know the following two things about a group $G$ with $n$ elements: the order of each of the $n$ elements in $G$; $G$ is uniquely determined by the orders in (1). Question: How ...
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A special subgroup of groups of order $n$

Let $G$ be a group with $|G| = n$ and let $ \emptyset \ne S \subseteq G$. I want to show that $S^n$ is a SUBGROUP of $G$ where by $S^n$ I mean the set $\lbrace s_1\cdots s_n \; | \; s_i \in S\rbrace$. ...
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Does $G\times K\cong H\times K$ imply $G\cong H$?

Let $G\times K$ be a finite group. Suppoose $G\times K\cong H\times K$. Is this sufficient to imply $G\cong H$?
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Three finite groups with the same numbers of elements of each order

There exist pairs of finite groups $G$ and $H$ such that $G$ and $H$ are not isomorphic, yet they have the same number of elements of each order. For example, if $p$ is an odd prime, then the group ...
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Exponent of $GL(n,q)$.

Another exponent problem. $GL(n,q)$ is the group of invertible $n\times n$ matrices over the finite field $GF(q)$, where $q$ is a prime power. I am trying to figure out the exponent of this group. ...
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Another point of view that $\mathbb{Z}/m\mathbb{Z} \times\mathbb{Z}/n\mathbb{Z}$ is cyclic.

I was thinking that the product of groups $\mathbb{Z}/2\mathbb{Z} \times\mathbb{Z}/2\mathbb{Z}$ is not cyclic, but $\mathbb{Z}/2\mathbb{Z} \times\mathbb{Z}/p\mathbb{Z}$ is cyclic if p is an odd prime. ...
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If $H$ is a subgroup of $G$ of finite index $n$, then under what condition $g^n\in H$ for all $g\in G$

A consequence of Lagrange's theorem in finite group theory is that $g^{|G|}=e$ for all $g\in G$. I wonder whether this be generalized along these lines: If $H$ is a subgroup of $G$ of finite ...
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Derived subgroup where not every element is a commutator

Let $G$ be a group and let $G'$ be the derived subgroup, defined as the subgroup generated by the commutators of $G$. Is there an example of a finite group $G$ where not every element of $G'$ is a ...
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Is the Galois group associated to a random polynomial solvable with probability 0?

Choose a random polynomial $P\in\mathbb{Z}[x]$ of degree $n$ and coefficients $\leq n$ and $\geq-n$. Let $r_1,\ldots,r_n$ be the roots of $P$ and consider ...
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Which finite groups are the group of units of some ring?

Motivated by this question: Which finite groups are the group of units of some ring? Which finite groups are the group of units of some finite ring? Which finite abelian groups are the group of ...
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Finite Groups with a subgroup of every possible index

Suppose $G$ is a finite group, with $|G|=n$. Suppose also that for every positive integer $m\mid n$, $G$ has a subgroup of index $m$. Are there any general statements (structural or otherwise) I can ...
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Prove that this is a group

Let $G$ be a finite, nonempty set with an operation $*$ such that $G$ is closed under $*$ and $*$ is associative Given $a,b,c \in G$ with $a*b=a*c$, then $b=c$. Given $a,b,c \in G$ with $b*a=c*a$, ...
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Union of the conjugates of a proper subgroup

Let G be a finite group and H be a proper subgroup. Prove that the union of the conjugates of H is not the whole of G. Thanks for any help
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Show group of order $4n + 2$ has a subgroup of index 2.

Let $n$ be a positive integer. Show that any group of order $4n + 2$ has a subgroup of index 2. (Hint: Use left regular representation and Cauchy's Theorem to get an odd permutation.) I can easily ...
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Enumerating all subgroups of the symmetric group

Is there an efficient way to enumerate the unique subgroups of the symmetric group? Naïvely, for the symmetric group $S_n$ of order $\left | S_n \right | = n!$, there are $2^{n!}$ subsets of the group ...
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A $p$-group of order $p^n$ has a normal subgroup of order $p^k$ for each $0\le k \le n$

This is problem 3 from Hungerford's section about the Sylow theorems. I have already read hints saying to use induction and that $p$-groups always have non-trivial centres, but I'm still confused. ...
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Generators for $S_n$

This problem is from Dixon's book telling that; if $x$ is any nontrivial element of the symmetric group $S_n$ and $n≠4$, then there exists an element $y\in S_n $ such that $S_n=\langle x,y\rangle$. ...
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Finite abelian groups - direct sum of cyclic subgroup

Let $G$ be a finite abelian $p$-group. It is quite elementary to see that if $g \in G$ is an element of maximal order (and thus its span is a cyclic subgroup of $G$ of maximal order) then $G$ can be ...
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No group of order 36 is simple

Fraleigh(7ed) Example37.14 No group of order 36 is simple. Such a group $G$ has either $1$ or $4$ subgroups of order $9$. If there is only one such subgroup, it is normal in $G$. If there are four ...
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Can someone explain Cayley's Theorem step by step?

This is from Fraleigh's First Course in Abstract Algebra (page 82, Theorem 8.16) and I keep having hard time understanding its proof. I understand only until they mention the map $\lambda_x (g) = xg$. ...
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Let $G$ a group of order $6$. Prove that $G \cong \Bbb Z /6 \Bbb Z$ or $G \cong S_3$.

Let $G$ a group of order $6$. Prove that: i) $G$ contains 1 or 3 elements of order 2. ii) $G \cong \Bbb Z /6 \Bbb Z$ or $G \cong S_3$. I haven´t covered Sylow groups and normal groups. ...
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Show that a finite group with certain automorphism is abelian

Let $G$ be a finite group and $f:G\to G$ an isomorphism. If $f$ has no fixed points (i.e., $f(x)=x$ implies $x=e$) and if $f\circ f$ is the identity, then $G$ is abelian. (Hint: Prove that every ...
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Conjugacy classes and centralizers of a SmallGroup

What is the complete lists of conjugacy classes and centralizers of SmallGroup(64,138)? Would someone be willing to provide the complete lists of conjugacy classes and centralizers of ...
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Any subgroup of index $p$ in a $p$-group is normal.

Let $p$ be a prime number and $G$ a finite group where $|G|=p^n$, $n \in \mathbb{Z_+}$. Show that any subgroup of index $p$ in it is normal in $G$. Conclude that any group of order $p^2$ have a normal ...
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Finding the “square root” of a permutation

Suppose $r$ is odd, and ${\rm ord}(\alpha)=r$. ($\alpha,\beta$ are cycles.) Now, $\alpha=(a_1\cdots a_n)$. I need to find $\beta$ that will make $$\alpha = \beta^2$$ How can I show it? What I ...
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Number of Homomorphisms from $\Bbb{Z}_m$ to $\Bbb{Z}_n$

This question coutesy of Allan Clark's "Elements of Abstract Algebra" (60$\zeta$). Find the number of homomorphisms from $\Bbb{Z}_m\to \Bbb{Z}_n$ as a function of $m$ and $n$. This is stumping me, ...
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If $H$ is a proper subgroup of a $p$-group $G$, then $H$ is proper in $N_G(H)$.

Let $H$ be a proper subgroup of $p$-group $G$. Show that the normalizer of $H$ in $G$, denoted $N_G(H)$, is strictly larger than $H$, and that $H$ is contained in a normal subgroup of index $p$. ...
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Order of cyclic groups

Wikipedia says: It is known that $(\mathbb{Z}/n\mathbb{Z})^\times$ is cyclic if and only if n is 1 or 2 or 4 or $p^k$ or $2p^k$ for an odd prime number p and k ≥ 1. The statement seems provable ...
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Can we ascertain that there exists an epimorphism $G\rightarrow H$?

Let $G,H$ be finite groups. Suppose we have an epimorphism $$G\times G\rightarrow H\times H$$ Can we find an epimorphism $G\rightarrow H$?
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Are there real world applications of finite group theory?

I would like to know whether there are examples where finite group theory can be directly applied to solve real world problems outside of mathematics. (Sufficiently applied mathematics such as ...