# Creating noncyclic groups of certain order

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How would I construct noncyclic groups of whatever order I want? For example g is order 8.

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If you want an even order the dihedral group is a good example... for odd I don't really know how to do it. Based on the wikipedia article

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_small_groups

in which only a single noncyclic odd group is given, Z3xZ3, there apparently aren't many of them.

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How would I construct noncyclic groups of whatever order I want? For example g is order 8.

a group of prime order must be cyclic

if the order is nxm can you think of an example?

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We'll in some cases I can but for example if the order is 25 I can't think of one that is NON cyclic, otherwise it would be easy.

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We'll in some cases I can but for example if the order is 25 I can't think of one that is NON cyclic, otherwise it would be easy.

$C_5 \times C_5$ is an abelian group of order 25 in which every element other than the identity is of order 5.

($C_n \times C_m$ is not isomorphic to $C_{n+m}$ unless $n$ and $m$ are coprime.)

b$^{3}$ = a$^{2}$ = id
aba$^{-1}$ = b$^{2}$