# Math Help - conjugacy class and class equation

1. ## conjugacy class and class equation

Describe the conjugacy class and write the class equation for ${Z}_{3}$ x ${S}_{3}$.
${S}_{3}$ here being the symmetries of the equilateral triangle.

2. Originally Posted by frankdent1
Describe the conjugacy class and write the class equation for ${Z}_{3}$ x ${S}_{3}$.
${S}_{3}$ here being the symmetries of the equilateral triangle.
Let $a=(123),b=(12)$ then $S_3 = \{ e,a,a^2,b,ab,a^2b\}$.
The conjugacy classes for $S_3$ are: $\{e\}, \{a,a^2\}, \{b,ab,a^2b\}$.
The conjugacy classes for $\mathbb{Z}_3$ are: $\{0\},\{1\},\{2\}$.

Therefore the conjugacy classes for $\mathbb{Z}_3\times S_3$ are $I\times J$ where $I$ is a conjugacy class of $\mathbb{Z}_3$ and $J$ is a conjugacy class of $\mathbb{S}_3$. Note, there are total of $3\cdot 3=9$ conjugacy classes for $\mathbb{Z}_3\times S_3$. Furthermore, $|I\times J| = |J|$, so there are three conjugacy classes that has 1 element, three conjugacy classes that have 2 elements, three conjugacy classes that have 3 elements.

Thus, the class equation is: $18 = 1 + 1 + 1 + 2 + 2 + 2 + 3 + 3 + 3$.