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Realizing $\mathbb{Z}/n \mathbb{Z} \oplus \mathbb{Z}/n\mathbb{Z}$ as an isometry group

Every finite group arises as the isometry group of a subspace of an euclidean space (Albertsona, Boutin, Realizing Finite Groups in Euclidean Space). What are natural examples of spaces realizing the ...
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Orientation of rectangle on conic section

Consider a conic section. There are 2 rectangles such that all of the 8 vertices of the 2 rectangles lie on the conic section. Further assume that the 2 rectangles have different orientation (ie. a ...
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Groups of isometries

I recently read the popular scientific book "Symmetry and the Monster" and it emphasizes groups as the sets of symmetries of geometrical objects. So I was wondering, do all groups appear as symmetry ...
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Symmetry groups of discrete functions

I'm looking for basic information about symmetry groups of discrete functions. It is difficult to search for such information, because searching for "symmetry group" gives results that refer almost ...
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Symmetry of the pentagon and even permutation

I was doing part (iii). For the first part of that questions, $ D_{10} = \{e, \rho, \rho^2, \rho^2, \rho^4, \sigma\rho, \sigma\rho^2, \sigma\rho^3, \sigma\rho^4 \} $ where $\rho = (1 \ 2 \ 3 \ 4 \ ...
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How to find the order of the group?

Translation: If $G$ is a finite group in which every element $g \in G$ satisfies $g^2 = e$, where $e$ is the unit element of $G$, then what are the possible values for the order $k=|G|$ of $G$? ...
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The path to understanding Frieze Groups

What is the "Path" for understanding what Frieze Groups really are? Generally in mathematics, there is a is a path or "building blocks" approach to learning something. For example if I know how to ...
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Translations in two dimensions - Group theory

I have just started learning Lie Groups and Algebra. Considering a flat 2-d plane if we want to translate a point from $(x,y)$ to $(x+a,y+b)$ then can we write it as : $$ \left( \begin{array}{ccc} ...
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1answer
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Number of 2n-1 equal size partitions up to symmetry

Consider the $K_{2n}$ (or just the set $\{1,\dots,2n\}$) with $S_{2n}$ acting on the vertices. Moreover consider a collection of 2n-1 partitions of the vertices into two equal sized sets (repeated ...
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Why does Group Theory not come in here?

Here is a list of questions that I find quite similar, for the one and only reason that they all show much "symmetry". Which is at the same time my problem, because I don't have a very precise notion ...
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Surjectivity for permutation representation of a group action

I am having trouble proving that my function is surjective. Here is the problem statement: Problem statement: Let T be the tetrahedral rotation group. Use a suitable action of T on some set, and the ...
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Using counting formula to get |G| = |kernel φ||image φ|

The counting formula I am saying : Let S be a finite set on which a group G operates, and let Gs and Os be the stabilizer and orbit of an element s of S. Then |G|=|Gs||Os| or ...
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a conjugate of a glide reflection by any isometry of the plane is again a glide reflection

Q : Prove that a conjugate of a glide reflection by any isometry of the plane is again a glide reflection, and show that the glide vectors have the same length. I know that: the conjugate ...
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Infinitesimal $SO(N)$ transformations

An infinitesimal $SO(N)$ transformation matrix can be written : $$R_{ij} = \delta_{ij}+\theta_{ij}+O(\theta^2)$$ Now it has to be shown that $\theta_{ij}$ is real and anti-symmetric. I've started ...
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How many $n$-colorings up to rotation using exactly 2 of each color are there on a $2n$-polyhedron?

I'm a high-school student and I stumbled across a YouTube video explaining how Rubik's cubes work. A Rubik's cube has 6 colors, one for each side, but I started thinking about ways to $n$-color the ...
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1answer
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Standard representation of $O_h$ in $\mathbb{R}^3$

I want to give the standard representation of the complete octaedergroup $O_h$ in $\mathbb{R}^3$. To which group is $O_h$ isomorphic, and how to obtain a standard representation of the group? What ...
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Realizing groups as symmetry groups

We're supposed to think of (non-Abelian) groups as groups of symmetries of some object. Sometimes it isn't obvious what this object is. For example, the fundamental group of a topological space acts ...
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1answer
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Counting 0-1 matrices up to symmetry

I'm interested in counting the number of n×n 0-1 matrices with a given number of 1s up to rotation and reflection. What is the best way to do this if n is not too small? For example, consider ...
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1answer
144 views

Why must a finite symmetry group be discrete?

I'm having trouble justifying why a finite symmetry group is discrete. Can someone help?
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146 views

fundamental region for the rotational symmetry group of a tetrahedron

How would I find the fundamental region of a tetrahedron for its rotational symmetry group $\mathcal{T}$? I can think of how to find these regions in 2 dimensions, but I can't wrap my mind around the ...
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Symmetry groups and Cayley table

Given an irregular octagon $O$ with vertices $(6,2)$, $(2,6)$, $(-1,5)$, $(-5,1)$, $(-6,-2)$, $(-2,-6)$, $(1, -5)$ and $(5,-1)$, what are the elements of the symmetry group $S(O)$ of $O$ in standard ...
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Definition of group action

I'm currently taking a class in abstract algebra, and the textbook we are using is Ted Shifrin's Abstract Algebra: A Geometric Approach. In the chapter on group actions and symmetry, he defines a ...
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$GL_2(\mathbb{Z})$ and the crystallographic restriction theorem

In the comments on this question, Robert Israel proved that the order of an element in $GL_2(\mathbb{Z})$ can be $2,3$ or $6$ (or infinite). This result is remarkedly reminiscent of the ...
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Polyhedra with symmetries order three

If I have a natural number $o=2n$ or $4n$ I can create a polyhedron whose group of symmetries has order $o$ by making a polygon like $C_n$ and then dragging it out to make a prism (I believe this is ...