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    If [tex]f\inS_3[\math], show that [tex]f^6=\iota[\math].

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mel View Post
    If f \in S_3, show that f^6=\iota.

    Bear with me, I am still learning Latex.
    use the \Sigma button to input the [tex] tags correctly. you type the wrong slashes

    i am pretty sure there is a theorem to this effect. but note that 6 is the LCM of the orders of all the elements of S_3. it follows that any element raised to it will give the identity.

    you can look up the theorem to prove this elegantly, or since S_3 is small. just prove it by cases. S_3 has elements of orders 1,2, and 3. show that for each of these kinds of elements, the 6th power yields the identity
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