By Paul Alexandroff, Mathematics, Hazel Perfect, G.M. Petersen
Beginning with introductory examples of the gang proposal, the textual content advances to issues of teams of diversifications, isomorphism, cyclic subgroups, uncomplicated teams of events, invariant subgroups, and partitioning of teams. An appendix presents common ideas from set conception. A wealth of straightforward examples, essentially geometrical, illustrate the first strategies. routines on the finish of every bankruptcy supply extra reinforcement.
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Thus we can regard the equations as defining the sum a + b + c of the three elements a, b, c. We can conveniently define the sum of four elements a, b, c, d to be, for example, equal to a + (b + c + d); and in this connection we prove that First of all, from what has been stated above, we have But for the three elements a, b, c + d we have On the other hand, for the three elements a + b, e, d and this is what we set out to prove. Now we assume that the sum of any (n — 1) elements has already been defined; then we define the sum of the n elements a1 + … + an to be a1 + (a2 + … + an), and we can therefore regard the expression a1 + … + an as being defined for arbitrary n by the method of complete induction.
Indeed we have: 1. The sum of two elements belonging to H(a) is again an element of H(a). 2. The null element belongs to H(a). 3. To every element ma of H (a) corresponds an element —ma which likewise belongs to H(a). Therefore H(a) is a subgroup of G. We call this subgroup the subgroup of the group G generated by the element a. � 2. Finite and infinite cyclic groups We have defined the group H(a) as the group consisting of all those elements of G which are representable in the form ma. But we have not yet considered the following question: Do two expressions m1a and m2a involving different integers m1 and m2 always give rise to two different elements of the group G, or can it happen that m1a = m2a with m1 and m2 distinct?
But we have not yet considered the following question: Do two expressions m1a and m2a involving different integers m1 and m2 always give rise to two different elements of the group G, or can it happen that m1a = m2a with m1 and m2 distinct? We will concern ourselves with this problem now. Suppose there exist two different whole numbers m1 and m2 for which m1a = m2a. If we add the element —m1a to both sides of this last equation then we obtain Hence there exists a whole number m such that Since from ma = 0 it follows that —ma = 0, we may always assume that the number m in the equation is positive.