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Is it true that if a finite group G contains a subgroup of index 2, then there is an element of G with order 2?
A finite group is a mathematical structure consisting of a set of elements and a binary operation that combines any two elements to form a third element, satisfying certain properties. The set of elements in a finite group is finite, meaning it has a specific and limited number of elements.
A subgroup of a finite group is a subset of the elements of the group that also forms a group when operated on with the same binary operation. In other words, it is a smaller group contained within the larger finite group that follows the same rules and properties as the original group.
The index of a subgroup is the number of distinct cosets (distinct subsets of the original group) that the subgroup divides the original group into. It can also be thought of as the number of elements in the original group divided by the number of elements in the subgroup.
Yes, a finite group can contain a subgroup of index 2. This means that the subgroup divides the original group into two distinct cosets, resulting in an index of 2. In other words, the number of elements in the original group is twice the number of elements in the subgroup.
An element having order 2 in a finite group means that when this element is operated on with itself, it results in the identity element of the group (which is an element that when operated on with any other element, results in that same element). This has significance in determining the structure and properties of the group, including the possibility of the group containing a subgroup of index 2.