Let G be a finite group and p be a prime. Prove that G is a p-group if and only if the order of each element of G is a power of p.

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- November 10th 2008, 03:27 PMdori1123p-groups
Let G be a finite group and p be a prime. Prove that G is a p-group if and only if the order of each element of G is a power of p.

- November 10th 2008, 07:46 PMThePerfectHacker
I assume by "p-group" you mean |G| is a power of a prime.

If G is a p-group and x an element in G. The order of x needs to divide |G| but since |G| is a power of a prime it means |x| is a power of a prime. Now conversely, say G has all elements power of a prime. Suppose that |G| is not a power of p, then there is an a prime q not equal to p so that q divides |G|. But then by Cauchy's theorem there is an x so that |x|=q, but that is a contradiction, therefore, |G| must be a power of p.