Plane Isometries

  1. Dec 12, 2010 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    Draw two plane figures, each having a 12 element group of symmetries, such that the two groups are NOT isomorphic. Demonstrate that they are not isomorphic.

    2. Relevant equations
    I know that every finite group of isometries of the plane is isomorphic to either Z_n or to the dihedral group D_n.

    3. The attempt at a solution
    I drew a regular hexagon (D_6) but now I am stuck as to what to draw for a figure to represent Z_12. Would a 12 bladed windmill (pinwheel) type shape with pronged ends work?
    Last edited: Dec 12, 2010
  2. jcsd
  3. Dec 12, 2010 #2
    Yes, this will work, since it is not preserved by a reflection.
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