1. Problem: Suppose a is a group element such that |a^28| = 10 and |a^22| = 20. Determine |a|. I was doing some practice problems for my exam next week and I could not figure this out. (This is my first post on PF btw) 2. Relevant Equations: Let a be element of order n in group and let k be a positive integer. Then <a^k> = <a^gcd(n,k)> and |a^k| = n/gcd(n,k). 3. Attempt at solution: 10 = n/gcd(n, 28); 20 = n/gcd(n, 22) Setting n equal to each other, 10gcd(n, 28) = 20gcd(n,22) gcd(n, 28) = 2gcd(n, 22) The possible values for n are 4, 8, 12, 16, 20, 24, ... , so on. Not sure where to go from here.