(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); 1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

Suppose G is a group, H < G (H is a subgroup of G), and a is in G.

Prove that a is in H iff <a> is a subset of H.

2. Relevant equations

<a> is the set generated by a (a,aa,aa^-1,etc)

3. The attempt at a solution

For some reason this seems too easy:

1. Suppose a is in H.

Since H is a group, a^-1 is in H.

Since H is a group aa, is in H (as is aa^-1, etc.)

Thus <a> is a subset of H.

2. Suppose <a> is a subset of H.

Obviously a is in H.

And this completes the proof... or am I missing something?

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