# Simple non-abelian groups

Let $G$ be a group and $H$ be a simple non-abelian subgroup of $G$ which is ascendant in $G$. Is it true that $H$ is also subnormal in $G$?

Definition Let $G$ be a group and $H$ be a subgroup of $G$. Then we say that $H$ is ascendant in $G$ if we can find an ascendant (also of infinite length) normal series (not necessarily an invariant one) from $H$ to $G$.

• What do you exactly mean by "ascendant"? – Nicky Hekster Jun 11 '14 at 13:12
• I've specified that in the question now. I hope it is clear. – W4cc0 Jun 11 '14 at 13:14
• Yes much better now. – Nicky Hekster Jun 11 '14 at 13:15
• I can see no difference between the definitions of subnormal and ascendant. For subnormality the series has to be finite. Is the same true for ascendant? – Derek Holt Jun 11 '14 at 14:08
• Yes, for ascendant the series can also be infinite. Is not correct saying "ascendant" to meant also of infinite length? – W4cc0 Jun 11 '14 at 14:11

Not true: take $H=A_5 \lt A_6 \lt G=A_7$. $A_5$ is not subnormal in $A_7$, since $A_7$ is simple.
• Oh sorry maybe I used a wrong term. I meant "normal" as "normal in $G$". I know that someone used the term invariant for this. I've corrected the question. I hope now is really clear. – W4cc0 Jun 11 '14 at 13:24
• OK! But now I am totally confused. If there is an ascending normal series then automatically $H$ is subnormal in $G$. – Nicky Hekster Jun 11 '14 at 13:27