Suppose G is a finite abelian p-group. Prove that if G is cyclic iff G has exactly p-1 elements of order p.

Suppose G is cyclic. Then for a , .

What next? I am at a loss.

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- Dec 3rd 2011, 11:37 AMdwsmithFinite abelian p-group
Suppose G is a finite abelian p-group. Prove that if G is cyclic iff G has exactly p-1 elements of order p.

Suppose G is cyclic. Then for a , .

What next? I am at a loss. - Dec 3rd 2011, 02:49 PMDrexel28Re: Finite abelian p-group
If is cyclic, you know it's isomorphic to how many elements o order does this have (hint:recall cyclic groups have only one subgroup of a given order)? Assume now that has only elements of order . Choose with , now assume that , you know that intersects trivially with (why?) and so is a cyclic subgroup of whose order is divisible by --so?

- Dec 3rd 2011, 02:53 PMDevenoRe: Finite abelian p-group
if G is cyclic, it has only one subgroup of order p. since any element of order p generates a subgroup of order p, all elements of order p must generate the same subgroup of G (since G has only ONE subgroup of order p, because its cyclic). so all elements of order p must all lie in that one subgroup of order p, which has (of course) p-1 elements of order p.

now suppose that G has exactly p-1 elements of order p. pick one of them, say x, we have a cyclic subgroup of G of order p <x>. this is the ONLY subgroup of order p of G.

now suppose H is a subgroup of order p^2, which has to be cyclic, because the direct product of 2 subgroups of order p is not possible. let y be a generator of H. then y^p has order p, so y^p is in <x>. hence <x> is a subgroup of H.

now suppose that K is a subgroup of order p^3....can you see where this is going? show that any subgroup of order p^k has to be cyclic, or else it contains more than one subgroup of order p.

conclude that G must be cyclic.