# characteristic group

• November 2nd 2008, 12:01 PM
dori1123
characteristic group
If H is the unique subgroup of a given order in a group G, prove H is characteristic in G.
• November 2nd 2008, 01:06 PM
ThePerfectHacker
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Originally Posted by dori1123
If H is the unique subgroup of a given order in a group G, prove H is characteristic in G.

Let $\theta$ be an automorphism of $G$ then $|\theta (H)| = |H|$ - why? But $\phi (H)$ is a subgroup of $H$ because homomorphism images of subgroups are subgroups. And by uniqueness we have $\phi (H) = H$. Therefore, $H$ is invariant under all automorphism i.e. it is a characteristic subgroup.