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A group is considered abelian if its elements commute with each other under the group operation. This means that for any two elements a and b in the group, a*b = b*a.
To prove that a group is abelian, you need to show that the group operation is commutative for all elements in the group. This can be done by using the group's defining properties and properties of commutativity.
Yes, a non-abelian group can be transformed into an abelian group by adding a new operation called the commutator. The commutator measures the extent to which a group fails to be abelian and can be used to turn any group into an abelian group.
Yes, all subgroups of an abelian group are also abelian. This is because a subgroup inherits the properties of the larger group, including commutativity.
Proving that a group is abelian is important in mathematics because it allows for simpler calculations and easier understanding of the group's structure. Additionally, many important mathematical concepts and theories are built upon the foundation of abelian groups.