# Group of order 4

1. May 21, 2006

### Kanfoosh

i need to fill this out:
G is a group of order 4 IFF ___________

i know there are only 2 such groups. the cyclic and the C2xC2
but i need to formulate a condition about the group's elements that can satisfy only one of the two.

2. May 21, 2006

### matt grime

If you need to fill it out then it's probably homework, right? Well, what have tried to do? What kind of 'condition'?

3. May 21, 2006

### Hurkyl

Staff Emeritus
What's wrong with using that to fill in the blank?

4. May 21, 2006

### mathwonk

G is the unit group of either Z/5 or Z/8.

5. May 21, 2006

### Kanfoosh

it's not a homework question, i just thought it's simpler to write it like that

i need a condition that concerns only the elements of the group. i.e. given a group G whose elements all are ________ then |G|=4
perhaps a preceding question should be: is there any such condition?

6. May 21, 2006

### Hurkyl

Staff Emeritus
Could you be more explicit in what this means?

Obviously, simply imposing equations won't work. (because C2 and C1 will satisfy any equation satisfied by C4 or C2xC2)

But you seem to reject more general things, like the condidition that the elements form either C4 or C2xC2. And, I presume you'd reject the condition that "the elements form a set of size 4".

So just what sorts of conditions do you have in mind?