# Math Help - Various Group Theory questions

1. ## Various Group Theory questions

Hey guys I'm struggling a bit here

1. Let G be a finite group.

a) Suppose that H is a subgroup of G. What is meant by |G : H|, the index of H in G.

b) Suppose that x ∈ G. Describe the subset of G known as the conjugacy class of x.

c) Suppose that x ∈ G. Describe the subgroup CG(x) known as the centralizer of x.

d) State the formula which relates the size of the conjugacy class of x ∈ G to its centralizer CG(x) .

e) Show that if the finite group G has exactly two conjugacy classes then it must be cyclic order 2.

2. Let V,W be vector spaces over the field F and let σ: V → W be a linear transformation.

a) Define the rank and nulity of σ

b) Prove that σ is injective if and only if nulity of σ = 0

c) Prove that if dimW < dimV then σ cannot be injective

Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks

2. ## Re: Various Group Theory questions

Originally Posted by rgjf1307
Hey guys I'm struggling a bit here

1. Let G be a finite group.

a) Suppose that H is a subgroup of G. What is meant by |G : H|, the index of H in G.

b) Suppose that x ∈ G. Describe the subset of G known as the conjugacy class of x.

c) Suppose that x ∈ G. Describe the subgroup CG(x) known as the centralizer of x.

d) State the formula which relates the size of the conjugacy class of x ∈ G to its centralizer CG(x) .

e) Show that if the finite group G has exactly two conjugacy classes then it must be cyclic order 2.

2. Let V,W be vector spaces over the field F and let σ: V → W be a linear transformation.

a) Define the rank and nulity of σ

b) Prove that σ is injective if and only if nulity of σ = 0

c) Prove that if dimW < dimV then σ cannot be injective

Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks
I can help you with the group theory questions. All those questions are asking just the definition of various concepts(except for the last one). you can get that straight from any text book. Still i will define them here:
a) define the set $K=\{gH|g \in G \}$. Then $|G:H|=|K|$.

b) define $M= \{gxg^{-1}|g \in G \}$. $M$ is the conjugacy class of $x$.

c) $C_G(x)=\{g \in G|gxg^{-1}=x \}$.

d) $|G:C_G(x)|$= the size of conjugacy class of x in G.

e)use the CLASS EQUATION.

3. ## Re: Various Group Theory questions

Thanks a lot Abhishek, that's some really useful information! Do you have any idea about the vector space problem? I have a definition of the rank and nulity but can't for the life of me see how that can prove the mapping is injective...

4. ## Re: Various Group Theory questions

Originally Posted by rgjf1307
Thanks a lot Abhishek, that's some really useful information! Do you have any idea about the vector space problem? I have a definition of the rank and nulity but can't for the life of me see how that can prove the mapping is injective...
2) Suppose that nullity of σ= 0 and prove σ is injective. Indirect proof: assume that σ is not injective. That means that there exist vectors, a and b, such that $a\ne b$ but σ(a)= σ(b). What can you say about σ(a- b)?