# Find Subgroups of Z3xZ3: Solutions and Equations for Homework"

• FanofAFan
In summary, we can determine all subgroups of a group by starting with the identity element and adding in elements and their inverses, making sure to always include the identity and inverse elements.
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## Homework Statement

Find all the subgroups of Z3xZ3

## The Attempt at a Solution

So H is a subgroup of G if H is nonempty, closure for a group, and the inverse must be in H.

(identity)
{([0],[0]) ([0],[1]) ([0],[2])}
{([0],[0]) ([1],[0]) ([2],[0])}
{([0],[0]) ([1],[1]) ([2],[2])}
{([0],[0]) ([0],[1]) ([0],[2]) ([1],[0]) ([2],[0]) ([1],[1]) ([2],[2]) ([1],[2]) ([2],[1])}
{([0],[0]) ([1],[2]) ([2],[1])

is there more subgroups or do I have them all

?

Hi there, great question! It looks like you have found all the subgroups of Z3xZ3, but let me explain a bit more about how to determine subgroups in general.

As you mentioned, a subgroup H of a group G must satisfy three conditions: it must be nonempty, closed under the group operation, and contain the inverse of each of its elements.

To determine all subgroups of a given group, we can start by looking at the identity element of the group. In this case, the identity element of Z3xZ3 is ([0],[0]). This means that every subgroup must contain this element.

Next, we can look at the elements that have inverses in Z3xZ3. These are ([0],[1]) and ([0],[2]). This means that every subgroup must also contain these elements and their inverses ([0],[2]) and ([0],[1]), respectively.

Now, we can start building subgroups by adding in other elements of Z3xZ3 and their inverses, making sure to always include the identity element and the inverses of the elements we add in.

Using this method, you have correctly found all the subgroups of Z3xZ3. Great job!

## 1. What is a subgroup?

A subgroup is a subset of a larger group that satisfies all of the same properties as the larger group. This means that the subgroup has a binary operation that is closed, associative, has an identity element, and has inverses for all of its elements.

## 2. How can I find subgroups of Z3xZ3?

To find subgroups of Z3xZ3, you can use the subgroup criterion, which states that a subset of a group is a subgroup if it is closed under the group operation and contains the identity element. In this case, Z3xZ3 has 9 elements, so you can list out all possible subsets and check if they meet the subgroup criterion.

## 3. Are there any other methods for finding subgroups?

Yes, there are other methods for finding subgroups such as using the Lagrange's theorem, which states that the order of a subgroup must divide the order of the larger group. This can help in narrowing down the possible subgroups to check for the subgroup criterion.

## 4. Can you provide an example of a subgroup of Z3xZ3?

One example of a subgroup of Z3xZ3 is the subset {(0,0), (1,1), (2,2)}, which is closed under the group operation and contains the identity element (0,0). Therefore, it satisfies the subgroup criterion and is a subgroup of Z3xZ3.

## 5. How can I use subgroups of Z3xZ3 to solve equations for homework?

Subgroups of Z3xZ3 can be used to solve equations by breaking down the larger group into smaller subgroups, which can make it easier to find solutions. Additionally, knowing the properties of subgroups can help in simplifying equations and finding patterns in the solutions.

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