# Thread: Homomorphism of Groups and their generators

1. ## Homomorphism of Groups and their generators

I know that f(g) is a generator of the image of f, say f(G).

Is it true that given a homomorphism f from a cyclic group G to a goup G' and a generator g of G, f(g) is a generator of G'?

I think it is positive, but need a concere proof.

Thank you for considering it.

2. Originally Posted by smallgun
Is it true that given a homomorphism f from a cyclic group G to a goup G' and a generator g of G, f(g) is a generator of G'?
Let $\phi : \mathbb{Z} \to \mathbb{Z}$ be $\phi (x) = 0$ where $\mathbb{Z}$ are the integers under addition.
Check that $\phi$ is a homomorphism.
Not $1$ generates $\mathbb{Z}$ but $\phi(1) = 0$ doth not generate $\mathbb{Z}$.

However, if $f : G\to G'$ is an isomorphism then this is true.