By Paul Alexandroff, Mathematics, Hazel Perfect, G.M. Petersen
Beginning with introductory examples of the gang suggestion, the textual content advances to issues of teams of diversifications, isomorphism, cyclic subgroups, basic teams of pursuits, invariant subgroups, and partitioning of teams. An appendix presents user-friendly options from set conception. A wealth of straightforward examples, basically geometrical, illustrate the first strategies. workouts on the finish of every bankruptcy supply extra reinforcement.
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Firstly we remark that and are two ways of writing one and the same permutation Pk. Both ways show that to each element a of the group G corresponds the element a + ak of the same group. e. This result may be stated in the following terms: IIa. To the sum of two elements of the group G corresponds the sum of the permutations corresponding to these elements. From this follows: IIb. The sum of any two permutations from the set P1, P2, …, Pn is again one of the permutations P1, P2, …, Pn. We consider the permutation Pi, the element ai and the element —ai = ak.
We denote the sign of the number r by (sgn r),* and similarly the sign of the permutation A by (sgn A). With this terminology it is clear that the sign of the permutation A is equal to the product of the signs of the numbers of the form , where the fraction for each pair of numbers i, k taken from 1, 2, 3, …, n, is only formed once. We use this observation in the proof of the following theorem: The sign of the sum of two permutations is equal to the product of their signs. Suppose we are given two permutations Their sum is evidently the permutation The sign of A is equal to the product of the signs of all the fractions The sign of B is equal to the product of the signs of all the fractions But since we may evidently also write it follows that: The sign of B is equal to the product of the signs of all the fractions From this it follows immediately that But this last product is the sign of the permutation and therefore of the permutation A + B; and this is what we set out to prove.
The Commutative Law: then the group is called commutative or Abelian. † A group is called finite if it consists of a finite number of elements; otherwise it is called infinite. The number of elements of a finite group is called its order. Now that we have made ourselves familiar with the definition of a group, we see that the examples given in the first paragraph of this chapter are examples of groups. We have therefore so far become acquainted with the following groups: 1. The group of whole numbers.
An Introduction to the Theory of Groups by Paul Alexandroff, Mathematics, Hazel Perfect, G.M. Petersen