Here is the question again:

Let $F$ be a Galois extension of $K$ such that $[F:K] = 27$. Show that there are intermediate fields of order $9$ and $3$.

I am stumped. By the Galois correspondence, the Galois group of the extension has order 27 and it suffices to find subgroups of order $9$ and $3$. I know by Lagrange's Theorem that intermediate fields of order $9$ and $3$ are allowed.

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    $\begingroup$ What do you know about group theory? And how can you connect the search for subfields with the search for subgroups in a group of order 27? $\endgroup$
    – Verdruss
    Jul 9, 2017 at 1:02
  • $\begingroup$ @Verdruss Thanks. The use of "order" where I would usually say "degree" confused me. $\endgroup$
    – sharding4
    Jul 9, 2017 at 1:08
  • $\begingroup$ I am using the Galois correspondence. (Edit in question) $\endgroup$
    – edenstar
    Jul 9, 2017 at 1:10

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The Galois group of $F/K$ is a $p$-group.

A $p$-group of order $p^n$ has subgroups of order $p^m$ for all $m \le n$. This follows from the Sylow theorems.

Therefore, the Galois group has subgroups of order $3$ and $9$. The fixed fields of these subgroups have degree $9$ and $3$, respectively.


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