Let be G a group of order 2n-1. Show that there's no element in G that is its own inverse.

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- Jun 1st 2012, 05:24 PMSoromboOdd order group
Let be G a group of order 2n-1. Show that there's no element in G that is its own inverse.

- Jun 1st 2012, 10:14 PMSironRe: Odd order group
Suppose there's an element in G of order 2n-1 that is it's own inverse and try to prove it's a contradiction.

- Jun 4th 2012, 11:23 PMDevenoRe: Odd order group
by a corollary to lagrange, the order of an element divides the order of G. if an element is it's own inverse, it is either the identity, or of order 2.

as you have stated your problem, the statement is false, since EVERY group contains an identity element, which is ALWAYS it's own inverse.

what IS true, is that every non-identity element of a group of order 2n-1 cannot be its own inverse.

because 2n-1 is odd, and 2 does not divide an odd number.