# Question on group theory

• Sep 26th 2010, 12:41 PM
PeterMulder
Question on group theory
I would like to proof the following in the case of groups of finite order:

the number of elements of an arbitrary class of conjugated elements is a divider of the index (G:Z) of the centre of G.

Does anybody know how to proof this?

Peter Mulder
• Sep 26th 2010, 01:41 PM
tonio
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Originally Posted by PeterMulder
I would like to proof the following in the case of groups of finite order:

the number of elements of an arbitrary class of conjugated elements is a divider of the index (G:Z) of the centre of G.

Does anybody know how to proof this?

Peter Mulder

Let a group $\displaystyle G$ act on itself by conjugation: $\displaystyle G\times G\rightarrow G\,,\,g\cdot x\to gxg^{-1}$ , then $\displaystyle |Orb(x)|=[G:Stab(x)]$ ,

with $\displaystyle Stab(x):=\{g\in G/\,gxg^{-1}=x\}=C_G(x)=$ the centralizer of $\displaystyle x$ in $\displaystyle G$

Since $\displaystyle Orb(x)$ is the equivalence class of $\displaystyle x$ and since $\displaystyle Z(G)\leq C_G(x)$ , we're done by Lagrange's theorem

Tonio
• Sep 27th 2010, 09:14 AM
PeterMulder
Thank you Tonio!