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Homework Help: Abstract Algebra.

  1. Feb 17, 2010 #1
    I have 2 algebra questions which are stumping me, I just can't seem to use my notes to figure them out!

    1. Let α, β ∈ S17 where α = (17 2)(1 2 15 17 ), β = (2 3 16)(6 16 17 ).
    Determine η, as a product of disjoint cycles, where αη = β.

    2. Let G be a group in which a^2 = 1 for all a ∈ G. Prove that G is Abelian.
    Hint: Consider (ab)^2.

    HELP PLEASE :(
     
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  3. Feb 17, 2010 #2

    Mark44

    Staff: Mentor

    For 2, consider what (ab)2 equals.
     
  4. Feb 17, 2010 #3
    Right, I've figured out 2, thanks Mark44 and I've done some of 1, but I'm stuck at the end of the question.

    I have η= (2 17)(17 15 2 1)(2 3 16)(6 16 17), but I'm not sure if that's right though. I also don't know where to go from there.
     
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