Dihedral Groups are groups that deal with the symmetries of then-gon.

If we have the group (dihedral group under operation of composition), the only elements in the group are the rotation elements and the reflection elements about the axes.

Some interesting characteristics are:

1) if you compose one reflection with another reflection, you get a rotation

2) if you compose one rotation with another rotation, you get a rotation.

3) if you compose a rotation with a reflection (or vice versa), you get a reflection.

4) has a commutative subgroup (rotations). I.e. in (the symmetry group of the equilateral triangle), the rotation subgroup is . It is apparent that

5) has an order of (order refers to the number of elements the group has [i.e. has 6 elements ]).

There are probably more things, but that's all I can think of at the moment.

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