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    classicifation of groups of order 8

    Hi next one, bit confused with this problem: any hints on any of the parts would be greatly appreciated.

    QUESTION:
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    let G be a group of order 8 and suppose that y \epsilon G has ord(y)=4. Put H = [1,y,y^2,y^3] and let x \epsilon G-H

    (i) show that H \lhd G and that x^2 \epsilon H
    (ii) list, a priori, the possibilities for x^2 and label them P_1,...,P_n.
    (iii) list the possibilities for xyx^{-1} (HINT: CHECK ORDERS) and label them Q_1,....,Q_m
    (iv) By examining the pairs, (P_i,Q_j) in turn show that G is isomorphic to one of C_8, C_4 \times C_2, D_8, Q_8.
    Deduce that an arbitrary group of order 8 is isomorphic to one of C_2 \times C_2 \times C_2, C_4 \times C_2, C_8, D_8, Q_8
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    For part (i) i understand i have to show G is a normal subgroup of H but im not sure how to show that G is a subgroup (i.e. closure holds, existance of identity element of G in H, etc) and it is normal. i..e For all g in G, gHg^−1 ⊆ N.
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