# Cyclic groups

## Homework Statement

A. Let |g| = 20 in a group G. Compute
|g^2|, |g^8|,|g^5|, |g^3|

B. In each case find the subgroup H = <x,y> of G.
a) G = <a> is cyclic, x = a^m, y = a^k, gcd(m,k)=d
b) G=S_3, x=(1 2), y=(2 3)
c) G = <a> * <b>, |a| = 4, |b| = 6, x = (a^2, b), y = (a,b^3)

## The Attempt at a Solution

A. I know |g^2| = 20/2 = 10 and |g^5| = 20/5 = 4
But |g^8|, |g^3| don't know..

B. a)H=<a^d> , right?
but
I don't know how to solve b) and c)
Thanks!

Tom Mattson
Staff Emeritus
Gold Member

## The Attempt at a Solution

A. I know |g^2| = 20/2 = 10 and |g^5| = 20/5 = 4
But |g^8|, |g^3| don't know..

Don't forget that if $g^{20}=e$ then $g^{40}=e$ also.

B. a)H=<a^d> , right?

Yes.

but
I don't know how to solve b) and c)
Thanks!

b should be easy, because you've got a concrete group to play with. Just get in there and start computing. As for c, what does <a>*<b> mean?

HallsofIvy
Homework Helper
The least common multiple of 20 and 8 is 2*4*5= 40. $(g^8)^5= (g^20)^2= e$.

The least common multiple of 3 and 20 is 60. $(g^3)^20= (g^20)^3= e$.

so.. for b) is H=(1 2) * (2 3) = (1 2 3)..?

Tom Mattson
Staff Emeritus