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References on the theory of $2$-groups.

Many theorems about odd order $p$-groups fail miserably for $2$-groups. These can range from simple $2$-group exceptions (e.g. Frobenius complements can be either cyclic or generalized quaternion) to ...
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Subgroups as isotropy subgroups and regular orbits on tuples

Is there some natural or character-theoretic description of the minimum value of d such that G has a regular orbit on Ωd, where G is a finite group acting faithfully on a set Ω? Motivation: In ...
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A question about Sylow subgroups and $C_G(x)$

Let $G=PQ$ where $P$ and $Q$ are $p$- and $q$-Sylow subgroups of $G$ respectively. In addition, suppose that $P\unlhd G$, $Q\ntrianglelefteq G$, $C_G(P)=Z(G)$ and $C_G(Q)\neq Z(G)$, where $Z(G)$ is ...
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Show that in any group of order $23 \cdot 24$, the $23$-Sylow subgroup is normal.

Show that in any group of order $23 \cdot 24$, the $23$-Sylow subgroup is normal. Let $P_k$ denote the $k$-Sylow subgroup and let $n_3$ denote the number of conjugates of $P_k$. $n_2 \equiv 1 ...
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Subgroup structure of $\mathrm{SL}(2, p^2)$ and its irreducible characters

I am taking a course in representation theory of finite groups, and somehow I ended up getting assigned to write a report on subgroup structure and irreducible characters of $\mathrm{SL}(2,7)$ and ...
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Character theory of $2$-Frobenius groups.

Edit Summary: I've posted this on MO and received a partial answer there. Can anybody help me expand on this? Definition. Let $G$ be a finite group and $F_1=\text{Fit}\,G$ and ...
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The order of subgroup generated by two distinct elements of order 2

$G$ is a group of order $2$6. If $x$ and $y$ are two distinct elements of order $2$, what could the order of $\langle x,y\rangle$ be? By lagranges theorem, $\langle x\rangle$ and $\langle ...
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Variational formulations in group theory?

I apologise if this is a naïve question. Are there any known / widely applicable / important variational formulations in (finite) group theory? That is, a relationship of the form $$\alpha(G) = ...
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Can we find a bound so that we can conclude $G$ is a $p$ group?

Let $n_p$ be number of the elements of order $p$ in a group $G$, My motivation is that if $n_2\ge\dfrac 34 |G|$ then $G$ is $2$ group. You can check it from this. Is there such general bound for ...
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Official name(s) for a certain type of p-group

I'm implementing a class of groups into Sage (sagemath.org), a computer algebra system, and I'm wondering if it has any official names. I found it in Gorenstein's "Finite Groups." It is there called ...
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How useful are geometric aspects when studying finite groups?

My newbie impression when studying finite group theory is that geometric aspects are not very prevalent. Cayley graphs play quite some role for visualising finite groups, but compared to the study of ...
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Central Quotients of Finite Groups

There are more than 50 groups of order 48, and among them 16 groups have center of order 2, let $G$ be among such groups. Then $G/Z(G)$ is a group of order 24. What is this group of order 24? There ...
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Why is the Monster group the largest sporadic finite simple group?

I do know that there is a "long proof" (I have read that it is +1000pages) that the Monster group is the largest sporadic simple group. My question is: Why can we be sure that there is no other ...
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The division algebras arising in the Wedderburn decomposition of a finite group modulo its radical in characteristic $p$

The following question is probably straightforward for those who know. However, I am used to working either over splitting fields or in characteristic zero. Question. Let $G$ be a finite ...
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Cover and avoidance properties of chief factors: can we avoid exactly the ones we want?

If $G$ is a finite solvable group with chief series $1 = G_0 \leq \ldots \leq G_n = G$ (so each $G_i \unlhd G$ and if $G_{i-1} < H < G_i$ then $H$ is not normal in $G$) and $I \subseteq \{ ...
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Induced representation, Ind(Res(U))

I am reading a book of Fulton and Harris "Representation theory, a first course". Now it's all about representation theory of finite groups, and there is one exercise, which I can't solve: If $U$ is ...
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Is there a classification of finite abelian group schemes?

There is a well-known classification of finite abelian groups into products of cyclic groups. What about finite abelian group schemes, where we may put in the qualifiers "affine", "etale", or ...
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$|G:H|=p^n$ means $O_p(H)\leq O_p(G)$?

Let $H\leq G$ (finite group) and $|G:H|=p^n$, ($p$ is a prime number) prove that: $$O_p(H)\leq O_p(G)$$ note: $O_p(G)$ defined as the intersection of all Sylow-$p$ groups in $G$ I try to prove ...
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Classify groups of order 171

This is a problem from Stanford Algebra Qualifying Exam, Fall 1998. I know the standard way is to use Sylow theorems and semidirect product. $171 = 9\cdot 19$. By Sylow theorems, $n_3|19$ and ...
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A connection between nonplanar complete graphs and the alternating group?

I went to an undergrad's senior honors thesis presentation a few days ago. She was discussing crossing numbers and mentioned that complete graphs $K_n$ are nonplanar iff $n \geq 5$. ?Coincidentally? ...
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Examples of finite groups that are not a semidirect product

I'm looking for examples of (families of) finite groups that are not semidirect products. When first learning group theory, the first such group that one encounters is $Q_8$. In my search for other ...
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Clifford theory and induction

in the answer to this post there was the statement that a representation $\vartheta$ of a subgroup $\langle z\rangle$ can extend to a representation of the whole group $D_{2n}$. If I start the other ...
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Fixed points of coset operation

Let $G$ be a finite group which operates on two finite sets $E_1$ and $E_2$. Say that $E_1$ and $E_2$ are weakly $G$-isomorphic if for every $g \in G$, $\mathrm{Card}(E_1^g)=\mathrm{Card}(E_2^g)$, ...
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What groups are semidirect products of simple groups?

The question I want to ask is actually slightly broader than that in the title: what is the smallest class of finite groups which contains all finite simple groups groups, and is closed under ...
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Classifications of finite nilpotent groups

I would like to understand the concept of classification in the context finite groups. For finite abelian groups and finite simple groups, it's clear to me what is meant by classification. However, ...
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Groups whose quotients are cyclic

It is well known that a finite group whose all proper subgroups are cyclic is either cyclic or direct product of quaternion group with cyclic group of odd order (am I correct?) Question: What are the ...
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Proportion of nonabelian $2$-groups of a certain order whose exponent is $4$

Let $$\displaystyle A(n)=\frac{\text{number of nonabelian 2-groups of order $n$ whose exponent is }4}{\text{total number of nonabelian 2-groups of order $n$}}.$$ Using GAP, I could observe the ...
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Is $gnu(n)<n$ always true for cubefree $n>1$?

Let $gnu(n)$ be the number of groups of order $n$. If $n$ is cubefree, (there is no prime $p$ with $p^3|n$), does the inequality $gnu(n)<n$ always hold for $n>1$ ? According to GAP, upto ...
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$G$ be a finite group and $G'$ be its commutator subgroup and $\widehat G$ be the character group of $G$ ; then $G/G' \cong \widehat G$?

Let $G$ be a finite group and $G'$ be its commutator subgroup and $\widehat G$ be the character group of $G$ ; then is it true that $G/G' \cong \widehat G$ ? I am completely stuck , please help . ...
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Abelian groups whose automorphism group is a $p$ group

$\def\Aut{\operatorname{Aut}}$ Let $G$ be a finite abelian group such that $\Aut(G)$ is an $p$ group ,that is, $|\Aut(G)|=p^n$ . Then can we determine the cyclic decomposition of $G$ or at least the ...
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Reference request: groups of order $p^4$.

I am looking for a textbook or a paper which include the classification of groups of order $p^4$ ($p$ is prime) using generators and relations. In particular I like to understand which group $G$ ...
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Missing $\{2,p\}$-Hall subgroups in finite non-abelian simple groups

Can anybody tell me how to prove this theorem? Theorem: Suppose that $G$ is a finite non-abelian simple group. Then there exists an odd prime $p\in\pi(G)$ such that $G$ has no $\{2,p\}$-Hall ...
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Is almost any group generated by two generators?

What is the asymptotic probability that a randomly chosen finite group can be presented with 2 generators. More precisely, what is $$ \lim _{n \to \infty} \frac{\text{number of 2-generated groups of ...
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Historical Question about Schur-Zassenhaus Theorem

I couldn't find any historical information about Schur-Zassenhaus theorem in many books or even papers which mention this theorem. I think, Schur proved that if $G$ is a finite group and if $N$ is ...
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Finding the maximum number of subspaces of a vector space over finite field that satisfy these relations

I have a question and I am stuck. I was wondering if anyone has a thought, before I start a brute-force search. For $q$ a prime number and $n =6$, let $\mathbb {F}_{q}^{n}$ be an $n$-dimensional ...
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Discrete subgroups of SU(n) and SO(n).

Thank you very much for your concern. I am in physics background, any simpler but complete explanation would be helpful. I would like to know whether there is a complete understanding of discrete ...
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Resource: Group Theory

There is a website providing recent thesis in finite geometry. Is there any website with collection of recent thesis on (finite) group theory. I want to see the Ph.D. thesis of Raymond T. Shepherd, ...
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Aut(G) is abelian

I've heard of this (open?) problem: Classify groups G such that Aut(G) is abelian. What I discovered: Any characteristic abelian subgroup is cyclic. Center is cyclic. Commutators are cyclic. ...
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Given an irreducible representation, is there a *unique* unitary representation that it is equivalent to?

I might need help here in understanding my own question in places and please don't hesitate in asking for edits and clarifications. Background: A representation $\rho$ of a finite group $G$ is a ...
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How many squares in a finite group?

Let G be a finite group and denote by S[G] the number of squares in G. The maximum, S[G]=n, is attained for a group of odd order n since each element has a square root in that case. At the other ...
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A property of the subgroups lattices

Let $G$ be a finite group. Consider all the subgroups $H$ such that its subgroups lattice $\mathcal{L}(H)$ is distributive (i.e. the group $H$ is cyclic, by Ore's theorem), and among them, let $\{ ...
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largest permutation group of odd order

For general $n$, what is the largest subgroup of the symmetric group $S_n$ that has odd order? I have a feeling that it might be the Sylow 3-subgroup...ADDED: but it isn't, as Mark Bennet points out ...
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$(\mathbb{Z}/p^r\mathbb{Z})^{\ast}$ is a cyclic group

I would like to prove that the group $(\mathbb{Z}/p^r\mathbb{Z})^{\ast}$ of the invertible elements of $\mathbb{Z}/p^r\mathbb{Z}$ with $p>2$ prime and $r>0$ is cyclic. My text suggests to ...
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on the simple group $M_{11}$

As we know, the simple group $M_{11}$ is a important group,it has order $7920$, how can we prove the simple group of order $7920$ is isomorphic to $M_{11}$ ?
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$H=\langle a,b| a=bab, b=aba\rangle $ and $\frac{H}{A}\cong\ Q_8$

Here is my problem: Let $$H=\langle a,b| a=bab, b=aba\rangle $$ and $\frac{H}{A}\cong\ Q_8$ wherein $A\leq Z(H)\cap H'$. Show that $H\cong Q_8$. Working on the elements, I could see that ...
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Possible subgroups of $\mathbb{Z}/3^6\mathbb{Z} \oplus\mathbb{Z}/3^5\mathbb{Z}\oplus\mathbb{Z}/3^2\mathbb{Z}$

$G \cong \mathbb{Z}/3^6\mathbb{Z} \oplus\mathbb{Z}/3^5\mathbb{Z}\oplus\mathbb{Z}/3^2\mathbb{Z}$ $H\leq G$ so that $G/H \cong \mathbb{Z}/3^2\mathbb{Z}\oplus\mathbb{Z}/3\mathbb{Z} $ Find all possible ...
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Icosahedral symmetry as permutation group

Hopefully an easy question: the icosahedral group of order 60 (orientation preserving symmetries of a regular icosahedron) is isomorphic to the alternating group on 5 points. In terms of the ...
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Extend isometry on some cube vertices to the entire cube

Let $K\subset V=\{-1,1\}^n$ be a set of vertices of the $n$-dimensional hypercube $D=[-1,+1]^n$ and let $f:K\to V$ be an isometry with respect to the Euclidean metric inherited from $\mathbb R^n.$ We ...
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A “new” formula relating the quotients of the upper central series, method of proof and background information

For a finite group $G$ the upper central series is defined inductively by $$ Z_1(G) := Z(G), \qquad Z_{i+1}(G) / Z_i(G) = Z( G / Z_i(G) ). $$ Now I am interested in generalising this formula, i.e. ...
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The order of a group

Let G be the group defined by the following generators and relations: $G = \left\langle a, b, c \mid ab = ba, ac = ca, bc = cba, a^{3} = 1, b^{3} = 1, c^{3} = 1\right\rangle.$ Show that $\langle ...