# Prove map σ:y→xyx⁻¹ is bijective

1. Mar 15, 2012

### catherinenanc

1. Let G be any group and x∈G. Let σ be the map σ:y→xyx⁻¹. Prove that this map is bijective.
It seems to be written strangely, since it never really says anywhere that y is in G, but I guess that must be an assumption.

2. bijective=injective+surjective.
in order to prove injective, we need to show that y1≠y2→xy1x⁻¹≠xy2x⁻¹
and in order to prove surjective, we need to show that for every g in G, there exists a y in G such that xyx^-1=g.

3. I think that I can say: Let y=x^-1gx. Then xyx-1=g and we are done for surjective.
I don't really know how to "show" injective, since it seems obvious.

2. Mar 15, 2012

### LCKurtz

Instead of showing $y_1\ne y_2 \to xy_1x^{-1}\ne xy_2x^{-1}$ try showing the contrapositive.

3. Mar 15, 2012

### catherinenanc

So I show that xy1x-1=xy2x-1→y1=y2 by simply left-multiplyng both sides by x-1 and right-multiplying both sides by x? Is that too simple?

Also, does my thinking on surjective work?

4. Mar 15, 2012

### LCKurtz

Yes, it all looks OK to me.

5. Mar 15, 2012

Ok, thanks!