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    isomorphic proofs

    I need some help with these,
    Prove that Z2 x Z3 is isomorphic with Z6.
    Prove that Z6 is not isomorphic with S3, although both groups have 6 elements.

    Thank you for any assistance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PvtBillPilgrim View Post
    I need some help with these,
    Prove that Z2 x Z3 is isomorphic with Z6.
    Are you familar with the rule that,
    \mathbb{Z}_n\times \mathbb{Z}_m\simeq \mathbb{Z}_{nm} ( n,m\geq 1)
    If and only if,
    \gcd (n,m)=1.
    So in your case,
    \gcd(2,3)=1
    The rest is trivial.
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    Here is another appoarch. First note that both these groups have the same number of elements, i.e. 6 elements.
    Now, \mathbb{Z}_6 is a cyclic group. The group, \mathbb{Z}_2\times \mathbb{Z}_3 is also cyclic because the element (1,1) is a generator, that is, <(1,1)>=\mathbb{Z}_2\times \mathbb{Z}_3. Now by the property of cyclic groups of equal cardinality states they are unique up to isomorphism. Q.E.D.
    Prove that Z6 is not isomorphic with S3, although both groups have 6 elements.
    Note that \mathbb{Z}_6 is an abelian group. Yet S_3 is not (look below and at my other post).
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