elements of symmetric groups and centralizers
Let P = (1, 2, 3, .... n) in .
a. Show there are (n-1)! distinct n-cycles in .
b. How many conjugates does P have in ?
c. Let C(P)=N(P) be the centralizer of P in . Using (b), find |C(P)|.
d. Find the subgroup C(P).
a -- this seems really obvious, but I never actually learned how to show it! I have no ideas.
b. by part (a), wouldn't this be simply (n-1)!, since that's the property of symmetric groups?
c & d, I really don't know what to do. Do I use the class equation somehow, or another theorem?
Thanks so much for any help!