# Conjugate Elements of a Symmetric Group

1. Dec 4, 2005

Is the the following definition correct?

Two elements a and b of a group G are said to be CONJUGATE if there exists g in G such that $$a=gbg^{-1}$$.

For instance, show that all elements in the symmetric group S5 of order 6 conjugate.

2. Dec 4, 2005

### matt grime

EDIT: Yes, that's the correct definition, as well.

Again, do it: take an element of order 6, compute its conjugates with a couple of elements and see who to generate all elements of order 6.

Eg, in S_n n>2, consider (12)(23)(12)=(13), thus it's clear that all elements of order 2 are conjugate

Last edited: Dec 4, 2005
3. Dec 5, 2005

### matt grime

Incidentally, when i say "just do it" i'm not being impatient, it's just that sometimes in maths you sadly just have to get your hands dirty with some calculations.

4. Dec 5, 2005