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Need Help in Direct Product and Quotient (factor) Group

  1. Sep 15, 2010 #1
    Hi All. I have several questions on abstract algebra.

    Here are my questions and the attempts I had done so far.

    (1)Let denote Z as the integer.According to theorem, the direct product of Z3 X Z7 = Z21.
    Hence, is Z4 X Z2 is equal to Z8?
    Z2X Z2 is equal to Z4?

    (2)For Z4 ={0,1,2,3 }, and Z2 ={0,1}.
    Then what are the elements will be for Z2 x Z4? Is this a Cartesian product?

    (3) We know Z/nZ =Zn, it's a quotient/factor group where nz can be defined as (aH)(bH) = (ab)H. To have a numerical example, we have Z/5Z= Z5.
    As usual Z5= {0,1,2,3,4}. But what is the elements contain in Z/5Z and how to find the elements so that the Z/5Z= Z5?

    I need some explanations to make me clearer. Thanks a lot ;)
    Last edited: Sep 15, 2010
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  3. Sep 15, 2010 #2
    (3) Just consider addition in Z modulo 5.
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