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Algebra question

  1. Feb 10, 2009 #1

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    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    Does R/Z under addition has an infinite number of elements of order 4? Where R denotes the real numbers and Z denotes the integers.






    3. The attempt at a solution
    Yes. Consider the cosets p/4+Z for primes p greater than 2. Since there are an infinite number of primes, there are an infinite number of such cosets. But the answer says no for this question.
     
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  3. Feb 10, 2009 #2

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    But each prime > 2 is 1 or 3 modulo 4. So if p is a prime, then the coset [p/4] = p/4 + Z is either equal to [1/4] or [3/4], isn't it?
     
  4. Feb 15, 2009 #3

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    Nice one.
     
  5. Feb 15, 2009 #4

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    Thanks. I'll leave it to you to prove that all other examples fail as well :smile:
     
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