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    Characteristic subgroups problem

    Let N be a characteristic subgroup of a group G. Prove that, if N \leq K \leq G and K/N is a characteristic subgroup of G/N, then K is a characteristic subgroup of G.

    So I can find an automorphism f such that f(N) = N, and I will need to find another automorphism g such that g(K) = K.

    So I know that I can find h such that h(k/N)=K/N.

    But I'm having trouble trying to deal with the factor group, h would be a mapping from G/N onto itself, right? So how can I relate that to G itself?

    Thank you!
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    Quote Originally Posted by tttcomrader View Post
    Let N be a characteristic subgroup of a group G. Prove that, if N \leq K \leq G and K/N is a characteristic subgroup of G/N, then K is a characteristic subgroup of G.
    let f \in \text{Aut}(G). define \tilde{f}: G/N \longrightarrow G/N by: \tilde{f}(Ng)=Nf(g). since N is charateristic, \tilde{f} is well-defined and injective. it follows that \tilde{f} \in \text{Aut}(G/N).

    note that since N is characteristic and contained in K, we have: N \leq f(K). thus: K/N=\tilde{f}(K/N)=f(K)/N, which gives us: f(K)=K. \ \ \ \Box
    Last edited by NonCommAlg; September 25th 2008 at 05:53 PM.
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