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**elninio** I had never encountered this type of question until a couple of minutes ago during a midterm...

It went something like this

Prove that If x^3=x for all x in G, then G is abelian.

I stated that since x^3=x, the only possibilities for x are 1,0 and -1. In this case I proved that all three combinations of these numbers are abelian.

Looking through some notes, should I have introduced a y with the same properties and then proven something like x^3 * y^3 =xy?

How is this proof done?