# Show that the class of the word $aba$ in group $\langle{a,b\,\vert\,a^{2}b^{2} }\rangle$ is not the trivial element. [closed]

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Show that the class of the word $aba$ in group $\langle{a,b\mid a^{2}b^{2} }\rangle$ is not the trivial element.

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As a matter of strategy, try to find some abelian quotient in which $2a + b \ne 0$ (using additive notation). Note (in your quotient) $2a + b = -b$. So now it suffices to find an abelian quotient in which $b \ne 0$.