# Abstract Algebra

• Oct 15th 2008, 08:59 PM
GreenandGold
Abstract Algebra
I have no clue how to attack these question one. All help or hints is appreciated.

G always denotes a group

1. Let G be finite and G not equal to {e}. Show that G has an element of prime order.

2. Prove that isomorphic groups have isomorphic automorphism groups.

3. Let a, b be in G . If |a| and |b| are relatively prime (i.e. gcd (|a|, |b|)=1), then <a> intersection <b> ={e}. Prove the last statement.

Thanks!
• Oct 15th 2008, 09:30 PM
ThePerfectHacker
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Originally Posted by GreenandGold
1. Let G be finite and G not equal to {e}. Show that G has an element of prime order.

Let $a\in G - \{ e \}$ and construct $\left< a \right>$. Let $|\left< a \right> | = n>1$. The integer $n$ has a prime divisor $p$. The element $a^{n/p}$ has order $p$.

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2. Prove that isomorphic groups have isomorphic automorphism groups.
Let $\phi : G_1 \to G_2$ be a group isomorphism.
Define $\hat \phi : \text{Aut}(G_1)\to \text{Aut}(G_2)$ by $\hat \phi (\theta)(a) = \phi(\theta(a))$.
Show this is an isomorphism.

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3. Let a, b be in G . If |a| and |b| are relatively prime (i.e. gcd (|a|, |b|)=1), then <a> intersection <b> ={e}. Prove the last statement.
Notice that $\left< a\right> \cap \left< b \right>$ is a subgroup of $\left< a \right>$ and $\left< b\right>$. By Lagrange's theorem it means $| \left< a\right> \cap \left< b\right>|$ divides $|\left< a\right>| = |a|$ and $\left< b\right>| = |b|$. Therefore, $|\left< a\right> \cap \left< b \right>| = 1 \implies \left< a \right> \cap \left< b \right> = \{ e \}$.
• Oct 16th 2008, 01:30 AM
GreenandGold
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Originally Posted by ThePerfectHacker
Let $a\in G - \{ e \}$ and construct $\left< a \right>$. Let $|\left< a \right> | = n>1$. The integer $n$ has a prime divisor $p$. The element $a^{n/p}$ has order $p$.

Let $\phi : G_1 \to G_2$ be a group isomorphism.
Define $\hat \phi : \text{Aut}(G_1)\to \text{Aut}(G_2)$ by $\hat \phi (\theta)(a) = \phi(\theta(a))$.
Show this is an isomorphism.

Notice that $\left< a\right> \cap \left< b \right>$ is a subgroup of $\left< a \right>$ and $\left< b\right>$. By Lagrange's theorem it means $| \left< a\right> \cap \left< b\right>|$ divides $|\left< a\right>| = |a|$ and $\left< b\right>| = |b|$. Therefore, $|\left< a\right> \cap \left< b \right>| = 1 \implies \left< a \right> \cap \left< b \right> = \{ e \}$.

So need to show that $\hat \phi (\theta)(a) = \phi(\theta(a))$ is a structure preserving function?
• Oct 16th 2008, 07:26 AM
ThePerfectHacker
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Originally Posted by GreenandGold
So need to show that $\hat \phi (\theta)(a) = \phi(\theta(a))$ is a structure preserving function?

Yes