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Cyclic normal groups

  1. Dec 29, 2008 #1
    Let H be normal in G, H cyclic. Show any subgroup K of H is normal in G.

    I was thinking about using the fact that subgroups of cyclic groups are cyclic, and that subgroups of cyclic groups are (fully)Characteristic (is that true?). Then we would have
    K char in H and H normal in G.
    Hence K normal in G.

    I am not sure about the part where subgroups of cyclic groups are characteristic. If yes, How would you prove this?
     
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  3. Dec 30, 2008 #2

    Dick

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    Think concretely. A cyclic group is isomorphic to either the integers Z, or the integers mod n, Z_n. Can you prove any subgroup of those is characteristic?
     
  4. Dec 30, 2008 #3
    I am thinking maybe that since cyclic groups of a certain order are unique up to isomorphism and that if a subgroup K of a certain order is unique in a group H, then K char in G.

    Now since K is cyclic in H, then K char in H.
     
  5. Dec 30, 2008 #4

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    Something like that. If you can prove there is exactly one subgroup of a given order in Z_n then you've got it. In the infinite case of Z, it's not going to be useful to consider order though.
     
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