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 Apr16 comment $Z(G)$ acts on set of conjugacy classes by left multiplication @mesel: The induced action would be trivial. The preimages of the conjugacy classes of $G/Z(G)$ are the orbits. On each orbit $Z(G)$ acts regularly. I guess there is nothing interesting to gain here. Sorry. Apr16 comment $Z(G)$ acts on set of conjugacy classes by left multiplication @mesel: Instead of "extracting" you should factor out the center. Apr16 comment $Z(G)$ acts on set of conjugacy classes by left multiplication @TobiasKildetoft: The conjugacy class of a central element is its singleton. Apr16 comment $Z(G)$ acts on set of conjugacy classes by left multiplication For the orbits I'd try to look at the conjugacy classes of $G/Z(G)$. Apr14 comment Various Intersections of Sylow p-subgroups. In the alternating group $A_7$ the $3$-Sylow subgroups $S_1=S_3=\langle (123), (456)\rangle$, $S_2=\langle (123), (457)\rangle$ and $S_4=\langle (124), (356)\rangle$ answer 1). For 2) the examples would become biggish, but should exist. Apr14 comment Various Intersections of Sylow p-subgroups. You should be able to find counterexamples for all claims by choosing the right groups $G$ and $H$ and looking at $G\times H$. The Sylow subgroups of $G\times H$ are the direct products of the Sylows of $G$ with those of $H$, so just pick the latter ones for your needs. For 1) and 2b) you can take $p=2$ and $G=H=S_3$. For 2a) $p=2$, $G=Z_5\rtimes Aut(Z_5)$ and $H=A_5$ (or another group with 2-Sylows isomorphic to $Z_2\times Z_2$ and two 2-Sylows intersecting trivially). Apr9 comment Subgroups and Direct Products of $\pi$-closed groups are also $\pi$-closed. @Stefan: You're right. Sorry. I was going into the wrong direction. I should have asked about the image $X = p_1(O_\pi(G\times H))$ of $O_\pi(G\times H)$ under the projection $p_1 : G\times H\to G, (g, h) \mapsto g$ to the first coordinate. What do you know about $X\le G$? Apr9 comment Subgroups and Direct Products of $\pi$-closed groups are also $\pi$-closed. @Stefan: What is the relation between $O_\pi(G)$ and $O_\pi(G\times H)\cap G$ (considering $G$ as subgroup of $G\times H$)? Apr8 comment Subgroups and Direct Products of $\pi$-closed groups are also $\pi$-closed. A finite group is $\pi$-closed iff the set of all $\pi$-elements is a subgroup. Apr6 comment If subgroups are preserved under preimages, is it necessarily a homomorphism? @goblin: If you look just at subgroups not elements, you cannot distinguish the generators of cyclic subgroups. Apr3 comment Proving that a group of order $pqr$ (with conditions on those primes) is abelian. $1$ (which is the case if both elements commute). Now if $y$ is an element of $P$, all conjugates are in $P$ as $P$ is normal. OK, maybe I should not have called the prime $p$, but $r$ instead. Then you see, as $p\ne 1\pmod r$, that $P$ contains another element commuting with $x$ besides the obvious element $1$. But as $P$ is cyclic of prime order, this element generates $P$ and therefor all elements must commute with $x$. That's how you use these strange conditions that "everything" is not equal $1$ modulo "something else". Apr3 comment Proving that a group of order $pqr$ (with conditions on those primes) is abelian. Given two nontrivial elements $x$ and $y$ of a group $G$, assume that $x$ has prime order $p$. Then there are two possibilities: Either $x$ and $y$ commute, i.e., $xy=yx$, or $y^x := x^{-1}yx \ne y$ (some define $y^x = xyx^{-1}$ instead) is a conjugate of $y$ different from $y$, and so are $y^{x^2}, y^{x^3}, \dots y^{x^{p-1}}$ all different elements. As $x$ has order $p$, $x^p=1$ and so $y^{x^p}=y$. So we have $p$ elements which are all conjugates to each other via $X:=\langle x\rangle$. The technical term is that $X$ acts via conjugation on $G$. Each orbit has length either $p$ or Apr2 comment Proving that a group of order $pqr$ (with conditions on those primes) is abelian. Do you know Sylow's theorem(s)? If yes, prove that there is a unique (hence normal) $p$-Sylow subgroup $P$. First show that $P$ is central, then look at $G/P$. Mar31 comment finding invariant subgroups under all automorphisms If all subgroups are normal (= invariant under the inner automorphisms), the group $G$ is called Dedekind group. You should be able to use the info in the wikipedia to reduce your problem to the abelian case, which should be doable. I'd guess that only cyclic groups fulfill your criterion. Mar30 comment Prove: $G \cong M \times N$ and $G$ is finite $\Rightarrow order(N)$ is not divisible by 5 All elements of $G$ of order $5$ are in $M$. How about Cauchy? Mar30 comment Is $A_{4}\times Z_2\simeq \langle g,h \mid g^{12},h^2,{gh}^{12}, gh=hg\rangle$? @Joseph: If you want to know the automorphism group of $Z_4\times Z_6$ then you can take a look at math.stackexchange.com/questions/102895/… Mar30 comment Is $A_{4}\times Z_2\simeq \langle g,h \mid g^{12},h^2,{gh}^{12}, gh=hg\rangle$? According to the theorem in a link you had in an earlier version of your question the statement about the automorphism group of $A_4\times Z_2$ looked correct. But as $G$ is some other group, you first have to identify it (from the presentation I see only an automorphism exchanging $g$ and $gh$ fixing $h$). Mar30 comment Is $A_{4}\times Z_2\simeq \langle g,h \mid g^{12},h^2,{gh}^{12}, gh=hg\rangle$? If you map $g$ to a generator of the cyclic group $Z_{12}$ with $12$ elements, and $h$ to the identity, you see that $Z_{12}$ is a quotient of the group given by the presentation. $A_4\times Z_2$ does not have an element of order $12$... Mar29 comment About conjugacy in $A_n$ As the size of the conjugacy class of an element $x$ equals the index of its centralizer $C_G(x)$ in $G$, you have to determine if the given $x\in A_n$ is centralized by an element of $S_n\setminus A_n$ or not (that's what Mark is doing in his answer without stating this fact explicitly). Mar29 comment About conjugacy in $A_n$ @Joong: For $n>6$ two 5-cycles are always conjugated, as thanks to their two fixed points you are in the second case of Mark's analysis: both have two cycles of the same odd length 1. Mark mentioned this also at the end of his second last paragraph.