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Group generated by two elements

  1. Sep 20, 2007 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    Essentially the problem is to show that a certain finite group (specifically the special linear group of order 2 over the finite field of 3 elements) is generated by two elements. But the problem is that it's non-Abelian, so I can't just consider powers of the generators. So I'm wondering if there's any general way to show that the generators of a group actually generate the group without going through all the possible products.

    2. Relevant equations

    I suppose the definition of a group generated by A being the intersection of all groups containing A.

    3. The attempt at a solution

    All my current solution attempts for the specific problems have to do with showing it by taking arbitrary products, but I just kind of stop in the middle because I know it's going to take forever if I do it that way (the group's order is 24 after all).
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