Dear all,
Can I have a question
Let G be a finite group with no subgroups apart from [IG] and G. Show that G is cyclic.
I heard if A and B are both finite group and A is a subgroup of B, they are the same size.
So in the question, can I assume G as B, and A as what?
I am sorry to bother you.
Thanks a lot.
Hi,
I don't quite see how response 4 (Lagrange's Theorem) proves that the order of G is prime. So repeating:
Let G be a finite group of order greater than one such that the only subgroups of G are G and <1>. Then G is cyclic of prime order.
Proof.
Recall: in any group G and $x\in G$, the order of the element $x$ is the order of the subgroup $<x>$. Since the order of G is greater than 1, G has non-identity elements. For any $x\in G$ with $x\neq1$, $<x>\neq1$ and so $<x>=G$. So $G=<x>$ is cyclic of order say $n>1$. Let $p$ be any prime divisor of $n$. Then either $<x^p>=G$ or $<x^p>=<1>$. But the order of the element $x^p$ is $n/p<n$ and so the order of $<x^p>$ must be 1. That is $x^p=1$ and so the order of x = p = the order of G.