By Dan Saracino

The second one variation of this vintage textual content continues the transparent exposition, logical association, and available breadth of assurance which have been its hallmarks. It plunges without delay into algebraic constructions and comprises an surprisingly huge variety of examples to explain summary recommendations as they come up. Proofs of theorems do greater than simply turn out the said effects; Saracino examines them so readers achieve a greater effect of the place the proofs come from and why they continue as they do. many of the workouts diversity from effortless to reasonably tricky and ask for figuring out of principles instead of flashes of perception. the hot variation introduces 5 new sections on box extensions and Galois conception, expanding its versatility by means of making it applicable for a two-semester in addition to a one-semester direction.

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It is called the conjugate subgroup of H by a. 26 Let H be a subgroup of the group G and let N(H)= {aE GlaHa- 1 = H}. ) Prove that N(H) is a subgroup of G. 27 Let G be a finite abelian group. Show that G is cyclic iff G has the property that for every positive integer n, there are at most n elements x in G such that xn =e. SECTION 6 DIRECT PRODUCTS In dealing with an abstract concept, it is very useful to have a good supply of concrete examples on hand. The examples make the abstraction come to life, and they also provide us with a means of testing out general ideas on specific cases.

11 Find all subgroups of Z2 X Z2 X Z2. 12 Let G and H be finite groups. Show that if G X His cyclic, then (i) G and Hare cyclic, and (ii) every subgroup of G X H is of the form A X B for some subgroups A and B of G and H, respectively. 12 (taken together) imply that G X H is cyclic. n. (Hint: Consider the generator (1, 1, ... ) SECTION? FUNCTIONS In this section we will present some elementary results about functions. These results will be useful in Section 8, when we investigate what are called symmetric groups, and later on, when we discuss homomorphisms and isomorphisms.

1 Let G = G1 X G2 X · · · X Gn. i) If g; E G; for 1 <; i <; n, and each g; has finite order, then o((g1,g2, ... ,gn)) is the least common multiple of o( g 1), o( g 2), ... , o( gn). ii) If each G; is a cyclic group of finite order, then G is cyclic iff IG;l and IG;I are relatively prime for i=l=j. PROOF. 4, that (g 1,g2, ... ,gnr=(eG I ,eG2 , ... ,e0n ) iff m is divisible by each o(g;). Thus o((g1,g2, ... ,gn)) is the smallest positive integer that is divisible by each o( g;). ii) If G is cyclic, let g=(g1,g2, ...