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1 ALGEBRA QUALIFYING EXAM PROBLEMS Kent State University Department of Mathematical Sciences Compiled and Maintained by Donald L. White Version: August 29, 2017

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3 CONTENTS LINEAR ALGEBRA AND MODULES General Matrix Theory Canonical Forms, Diagonalization, and Characteristic and Minimal Polynomials Linear Transformations Vector Spaces Inner Product Spaces Modules GROUP THEORY General Group Theory Cyclic Groups Homomorphisms Automorphism Groups Abelian Groups Symmetric Groups Infinite Groups p-groups Group Actions Sylow Theorems Solvable and Nilpotent Groups, Commutator and Frattini Subgroups RING THEORY General Ring Theory Prime, Maximal, and Primary Ideals Commutative Rings Domains Polynomial Rings Non-commutative Rings Local Rings, Localization, Rings of Fractions Chains and Chain Conditions FIELD THEORY General Field Theory Algebraic Extensions Normality and Splitting Fields Separability Galois Theory Cyclotomic Extensions Finite Fields Cyclic Extensions Radical Extensions and Solvability by Radicals Transcendental Extensions i

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5 LINEAR ALGEBRA General Matrix Theory 1. Let m > n be positive integers. Show that there do not exist matrices A R m n and B R n m such that AB = I m, where I m is the m m identity matrix. 2. Let A and B be nonsingular n n matrices over C. (a) Show that if A 1 B 1 AB = ci, c C, then c n = 1. (b) Show that if AB BA = ci, c C, then c = Let A be a strictly upper triangular n n matrix with real entries, and let I be the n n identity matrix. Show that I A is invertible and express the inverse of I A as a function of A. 4. (a) Give an example of a complex 2 2 matrix that does not have a square root. (b) Show that every complex non-singular n n matrix has a square root. [Hint: Show first that a Jordan block with non-zero eigenvalue has a square root.] 5. Let T : R 3 R 4 be given by T (v) = Av, where A = (a) Find the dimension of the null space of T. (b) Find a basis for the range space of T. 6. [NEW] (a) Let J = Show that J is similar to J t by a symmetric transforming matrix. [Recall: Matrices X and Y are similar if there is a matrix P so that P 1 XP = Y, and P is called a transforming matrix.] (b) Show that if A is an n n matrix, then A is similar to A t by a symmetric transforming matrix. Canonical Forms, Diagonalization, and Characteristic and Minimal Polynomials 7. State and prove the Cayley-Hamilton Theorem. 8. Show that if A is an n n matrix, then A n can be written as a linear combination of the matrices I, A, A 2,..., A n 1 (that is, A n = α 0 I +α 1 A+α 2 A 2 + +α n 1 A n 1 for some scalars α 0,..., α n 1 ). 1

6 9. Let A be an n n Jordan block. Show that any matrix that commutes with A is a polynomial in A. 10. Let A be a square matrix whose minimal polynomial is equal to its characteristic polynomial. Show that if B is any matrix that commutes with A, then B is a polynomial in A. 11. Let A be an n n matrix, v a column vector, and suppose {v, Av,..., A n 1 v} is linearly independent. Prove that if B is any matrix that commutes with A, then B is a polynomial in A. 12. Prove that an n n complex matrix A is diagonalizable if and only if the minimal polynomial of A has distinct roots. 13. Let G = GL n (C) be the multiplicative group of invertible n n matrices with complex entries and let g be an element of G of finite order. Show that g is diagonalizable. 14. Let V be a vector space and let T : V V be a linear transformation. (a) Show that T is invertible if and only if the minimal polynomial of T has non-zero constant term. (b) Show that if T is invertible then T 1 can be expressed as a polynomial in T. 15. Let A and B be complex 3 3 matrices having the same eigenvectors. Suppose the minimal polynomial of A is (x 1) 2 and the characteristic polynomial of B is x 3. Show that the minimal polynomial of B is x Let A and B be 5 5 complex matrices and suppose that A and B have the same eigenvectors. Show that if the minimal polynomial of A is (x + 1) 2 and the characteristic polynomial of B is x 5, then B 3 = A square matrix A over C is Hermitian if Āt = A. Prove that the eigenvalues of a Hermitian matrix are all real. 18. (a) Prove that a 2 2 scalar matrix A over a field F has a square root (i.e., a matrix B satisfying B 2 = A). (b) Prove that a real symmetric matrix having the property that every negative eigenvalue occurs with even multiplicity has a square root. [Hint: Use (a).] 19. Let A and B be complex n n matrices. Prove that if AB = BA, then A and B share a common eigenvector. 20. Let A be a 5 5 matrix with complex entries such that A 3 = 0. Find all possible Jordan canonical forms for A. 21. [NEW] The characteristic polynomial of a certain 4 4 matrix A has the two distinct roots 2 and 3, with the multiplicity of the root 3 less than or equal to the multiplicity of the root 2. List all possible Jordan canonical forms of A, up to rearrangements of the Jordan blocks. 22. Let A be an n n matrix and let I be the n n identity matrix. Show that if A 2 = I and A I, then λ = 1 is an eigenvalue of A. 23. (a) Show that two 3 3 complex matrices are similar if and only if they have the same characteristic and minimal polynomials. (b) Is the conclusion of part (a) true for larger matrices? Prove or give a counter-example. 2

7 24. (a) Find all possible Jordan canonical forms of a 5 5 complex matrix with minimal polynomial (x 2) 2 (x 1). (b) Find all possible Jordan canonical forms of a complex matrix with characteristic polynomial (x 3) 3 (x 5) Find all possible Jordan canonical forms for the following. EXPLAIN your answers. (a) A linear operator T with characteristic polynomial (x) = (x 2) 4 (x 3) 2 and minimal polynomial m(x) = (x 2) 2 (x 3) 2. (b) A linear operator T with characteristic polynomial (x) = (x 4) 5 and such that dim ker(t 4I) = A matrix A has characteristic polynomial (x) = (x 3) 5 and minimal polynomial m(x) = (x 3) 3. (a) List all possible Jordan canonical forms for A. (b) Determine the Jordan canonical form of the matrix A = which has the given characteristic and minimal polynomials. 27. Let T : V V be a linear transformation defined on the finite dimensional vector space V. Let λ be an eigenvalue of T, and set W i = {v V (T λi) i (v) = 0}. If m is the multiplicity of λ as a root of the characteristic polynomial of T, prove that W m = W m Let A = be a matrix over the field F, where F is either the field of rational numbers or the field of p elements for some prime p. (a) Find a basis of eigenvectors for A over those fields for which such a basis exists. (b) What is the Jordan canonical form of A over the fields not included in part (a)? Let A = , let B = , and let C = (a) Find the characteristic polynomial of A, B, and C. (b) Find the minimal polynomial of A, B, and C. (c) Find the eigenvalues of A, B, and C. (d) Find the dimensions of all eigenspaces of A, B, and C. (e) Find the Jordan canonical form of A, B, and C. 3

8 30. Let A be the following matrix: A = Find the characteristic polynomial, minimal polynomial, eigenvalues, eigenvectors, dimensions of eigenspaces, and the Jordan canonical form of this matrix. 1 0 a b 31. Let A = c d 2 1 (a) Determine conditions on a, b, c, and d so that there is only one Jordan block for each eigenvalue of A in the Jordan canonical form of A. (b) Suppose now a = c = d = 2 and b = 2. Find the Jordan canonical form of A. 1 0 a b 32. [NEW] Let A = c d a 1 (a) Determine conditions on a, b, c, and d so that there is only one Jordan block for each eigenvalue of A in the Jordan canonical form of A. (b) Suppose now a = b = c = d = 2. Find the Jordan canonical form of A. 33. Let A be a square complex matrix with a single eigenvalue λ. Show that the number of blocks in the Jordan form of A is the dimension of the λ-eigenspace. 34. [NEW] Let T : V V be a linear transformation satisfying T 2 = 0. Prove that the Jordan canonical form of T consists of dim(ker T ) Jordan blocks, dim(im T ) of which are 2 2 blocks. 35. Let A be an n n nilpotent matrix such that A n 1 0. Show that A has exactly one Jordan block Let A = with characteristic polynomial (x) = (x 1) 2 (x 2) (a) For each eigenvalue λ of A, find a basis for the eigenspace E λ. (b) Determine if A is diagonalizable. If so, give matrices P, B such that P 1 AP = B and B is diagonal. If not, explain carefully why A is not diagonalizable Let A = (a) Verify that the characteristic polynomial of A is (x) = x(x 1) 2. (b) For each eigenvalue λ of A, find a basis for the eigenspace E λ. (c) Determine if A is diagonalizable. If so, give matrices P, B such that P 1 AP = B and B is diagonal. If not, explain carefully why A is not diagonalizable. 4

9 38. Let A = (a) Verify that the characteristic polynomial of A is (x) = (x 1)(x 2) 2. (b) For each eigenvalue λ of A, find a basis for the eigenspace E λ. (c) Determine if A is diagonalizable. If so, give matrices P, B such that P 1 AP = B and B is diagonal. If not, explain carefully why A is not diagonalizable. 39. Let A be a matrix of the form A = c 1 c 2 c 3 c n. Show that the minimal polynomial and characteristic polynomial of A are equal. 40. [NEW] Find the characteristic polynomial of the matrix c c c 2 A = c n c n 1 Linear Transformations 41. (Fitting s Lemma for vector spaces) Let ϕ : V V be a linear transformation of a finite dimensional vector space to itself. Prove that there exists a decomposition of V as V = U W, where each summand is ϕ-invariant, ϕ U is nilpotent, and ϕ W is nonsingular. 42. [NEW] Let V be a vector space and T : V V a linear transformation such that T 2 = T. Show that V = ker T Im T. 43. Let V be a vector space over a field F. A linear transformation T : V V is said to be idempotent if T 2 = T. Prove that if T is idempotent then V = V 0 V 1, where T (v 0 ) = 0 for all v 0 V 0 and T (v 1 ) = v 1 for all v 1 V Let U, V, and W be finite dimensional vector spaces with U a subspace of V. Show that if T : V W is a linear transformation having the same rank as T U : U W, then U is complemented in V by a subspace K satisfying T (x) = 0 for all x K. 45. Let V and W be finite dimensional vector spaces and let T : V W be a linear transformation. Show that dim(ker T ) + dim(im T ) = dim(v ). 46. Let V be a finite dimensional vector space and T : V V a non-zero linear operator. Show that if ker T = Im T, then dim V is an even integer and the minimal polynomial of T is m(x) = x 2. 5

10 47. Let V be a finite dimensional vector space over a field F and let T : V V be a nilpotent linear transformation. Show that the trace of T is 0. [ ] a b 48. [NEW] Let V be the vector space of 2 2 matrices over a field F. Let A = V c d and let T : V V be the linear trasformation defined by T (X) = AX. Compute det(t ). 49. Let T : V W be a surjective linear transformation of finite dimensional vector spaces over a field F (acting on the left). Show that there is a linear transformation S : W V such that T S is the identity map on W. 50. A linear transformation T : V W is said to be independence preserving if T (I) W is linearly independent whenever I V is a linearly independent set. Show that T is independence preserving if and only if T is one-to-one. 51. [NEW] Let V and W be vector spaces and let T : V W be a surjective linear transformation. Assume for all subsets S V that if T (S) spans W, then S spans V. Prove that T is one-to-one. 52. Let T : V W be a linear transformation of vector spaces over a field F. (a) Show that T is injective if and only if {T (v 1 ),..., T (v n )} is linearly independent in W whenever {v 1,..., v n } is linearly independent in V. (b) Show that T is surjective if and only if {T (x) x X} is a spanning set for W whenever X is a spanning set for V. 53. Let A be a complex n n matrix, and let L : C n n C n n be the linear transformation given by L(M) = AM for M C n n. Express det L in terms of det A and prove your formula is correct. 54. Let A be a complex n n matrix, and let L : C n n C n n be the linear transformation given by L(X) = AX + XA for X C n n. Prove that if A is a nilpotent matrix, then L is a nilpotent operator. [Note: The result is also true with C replaced by an arbitrary field.] 55. Let T : V V be a linear transformation. Let X = ker T n 2, Y = ker T n 1, and Z = ker T n. Observe that X Y Z (you need not prove this). Suppose {u 1,..., u r }, {u 1,..., u r, v 1,..., v s }, {u 1,..., u r, v 1,..., v s, w 1,..., w t } are bases for X, Y, Z, respectively. Show that S = {u 1,..., u r, T (w 1 ),..., T (w t )} is contained in Y and is linearly independent. Vector Spaces 56. Let {v 1, v 2,..., v n } be a basis for a vector space V over R. Show that if w is any vector in V, then for some choice of sign ±, {v 1 ± w, v 2,..., v n } is a basis for V. 57. Let V be a finite dimensional vector space over the field F. Let V be the dual space of V (that is, V is the vector space of linear transformations T : V F ). Show that V = V. 58. Let V be a vector space over the field F. Let V be the dual space of V and let V be the dual space of V. Show that there is an injective linear transformation ϕ : V V. 6

11 59. Let V be a finite dimensional vector space and let W be a subspace. Show that dim V/W = dim V dim W. 60. Let V be a vector space and let U and W be finite dimensional subspaces of V. Show that dim(u + W ) = dim U + dim W dim U W. 61. Let V be a finite-dimensional vector space over a field F and let U be a subspace. Show that there is a subspace W of V such that V = U W. 62. Let V be the vector space of n n matrices over the field R of real numbers. Let U be the subspace of V consisting of symmetric matrices and W the subspace of V consisting of skew-symmetric matrices. Show that V = U W. 63. Let V be the vector space over the field R of real numbers consisting of all functions from R into R. Let U be the subspace of even functions and W the subspace of odd functions. Show that V = U W. 64. Let U, V, and W be vector spaces over a field F and let S : U V and T : V W be linear transformations such that T S = 0, the zero map. Show that dim(w/im T ) dim(ker T/Im S) + dim ker S = dim W dim V + dim U. 65. Let A, B, and C be subspaces of the nonzero vector space V satisfying V = A B = B C = A C. Show that there exists a 2-dimensional subspace W V such that each of W A, W B, and W C has dimension Let V 1 = 0 L 1=0 V 0 L 0 V1 L 1 L n 1 V n L n=0 V n+1 = 0 be a sequence of finite dimensional vector spaces and linear transformations with L i+1 L i = 0 for all i = 0,..., n. Therefore, the quotients H i = ker(l i )/im(l i 1 ) are defined for 0 i n. Prove that ( 1) i dim V i = ( 1) i dim H i. i i 67. If V is a finite dimensional vector space, let V denote the dual of V. If (, ) is a nondegenerate bilinear form on V, and W is a subspace of V, define W = {v V (v, w) = 0 for all w W }. Show that if X and Y are subspaces of V with Y X, then X Y and Y /X = (X/Y ). Inner Product Spaces 68. Let (, ) be a positive definite inner product on the finite dimensional real vector space V. Let S = {v 1, v 2,..., v k } be a set of vectors satisfying (v i, v j ) < 0 for all i j. Prove that dim(span S) k Let {v 1, v 2,..., v k } be a linearly independent set of vectors in the real inner product space V. Show that there exists a unique set {u 1, u 2,..., u k } of vectors with the property that (u i, v i ) > 0 for all i, and {u 1, u 2,..., u i } is an orthonormal basis for Span{v 1, v 2,..., v i } for every i. 70. Let (, ) be a Hermitian inner product defined on the complex vector space V. If ϕ : V V is a normal operator (ϕ ϕ = ϕ ϕ, where ϕ is the adjoint of ϕ), prove that V contains an orthonormal basis of eigenvectors for ϕ. 7

12 Modules 71. Let M be a nonzero R-module with the property that every R-submodule N is complemented (that is, there exists another R-submodule C such that M = N + C and N C = {0}). Give a direct proof that M contains simple submodules. 72. Let R = F n n be the ring of n n matrices over a field F. Prove that the (right) R-module F 1 n, consisting of the row space of 1 n matrices, is the unique simple R-module (up to isomorphism). 73. Let R S be an inclusion of rings (sharing the same identity element). Let S R be the right R-module where the module action is right multiplication. Assume S R is isomorphic to a direct sum of n copies of R. Prove that S is isomorphic to a subring of M n (R), the ring of n n matrices over R. 74. Let M be a module over a ring R with identity, and assume that M has finite composition length. If ϕ : M M is an R-endomorphism of M, prove that M decomposes as a direct sum of R-submodules M = U W where each summand is ϕ-invariant, ϕ U is nilpotent, and ϕ W is an automorphism. 75. Let R be a ring with identity, and let I be a right ideal of R which is a direct summand of R (i.e., R = I J for some right ideal J). Prove that if M is any R-module, and ϕ : M I is any surjective R-homomorphism, then there exists an R-homomorphism ψ : I M satisfying ϕ ψ = 1 I. 76. Let M be an R-module and let N be an R-submodule of M. Prove that M is Noetherian if and only if both N and M/N are Noetherian. 77. Let M be an R-module and let N be an R-submodule of M. Prove that M is Artinian if and only if both N and M/N are Artinian. 78. Let M be an R-module, where R is a ring. Prove that the following statements about M are equivalent. (i) M is a sum (not necessarily direct) of simple submodules. (ii) M is a direct sum of certain simple submodules. (iii) For every submodule N of M, there exists a complement (i.e., a submodule C such that M = N + C and N C = 0). 79. Let R be a ring and let M be a simple R-module. Let D = End R (M) be the ring of R- endomorphisms of M (under composition and pointwise addition). Prove that D is a division ring. 80. Let M be an R-module that is generated by finitely many simple submodules. Prove that M is a direct sum of finitely many simple R-modules. 8

13 GROUP THEORY General Group Theory 1. Prove or give a counter-example: (a) If H 1 and H 2 are groups and G = H 1 H 2, then any subgroup of G is of the form K 1 K 2, where K i is a subgroup of H i for i = 1, 2. (b) If H N and N G then H G. (c) If G 1 = H1 and G 2 = H2, then G 1 G 2 = H1 H 2. (d) If N 1 G 1 and N 2 G 2 with N 1 = N2 and G 1 /N 1 = G2 /N 2, then G 1 = G2. (e) If N 1 G 1 and N 2 G 2 with G 1 = G2 and N 1 = N2, then G 1 /N 1 = G2 /N 2. (f) If N 1 G 1 and N 2 G 2 with G 1 = G2 and G 1 /N 1 = G2 /N 2, then N 1 = N2. 2. Let G be a group and let N be a normal subgroup of index n. Show that g n N for all g G. 3. [NEW] Let G be a finite group of odd order. Show that every element of G has a unique square root; that is, for every g G, there exists a unique a G such that a 2 = g. 4. Let G be a group. A subgroup H of G is called a characteristic subgroup of G if ϕ(h) = H for every automorphism ϕ of G. Show that if H is a characteristic subgroup of N and N is a normal subgroup of G, then H is a normal subgroup of G. 5. Show that if H is a characteristic subgroup of N and N is a characteristic subgroup of G, then H is a characteristic subgroup of G. 6. Let G be a finite group, H a subgroup of G and N a normal subgroup of G. Show that if the order of H is relatively prime to the index of N in G, then H N. 7. Let G be a group and let Z(G) be its center. Show that if G/Z(G) is cyclic, then G is abelian. 8. Let G be a group and let Z(G) be the center of G. Prove or disprove the following. (a) If G/Z(G) is cyclic, then G is abelian. (b) If G/Z(G) is abelian, then G is abelian. (c) If G is of order p 2, where p is a prime, then G is abelian. 9. Show that if G is a nonabelian finite group, then Z(G) 1 4 G. 10. Let G be a finite group and let M be a maximal subgroup of G. Show that if M is a normal subgroup of G, then G : M is prime. 11. [NEW] Let G be a group and let A be a maximal abelian subgroup of G; i.e., A is maximal among abelian subgroups. Prove that C A (g) < A for every element g G A. 12. Show that if K and L are conjugacy classes of groups G and H, respectively, then K L is a conjugacy class of G H. 13. (a) State a formula relating orders of centralizers and cardinalities of conjugacy classes in a finite group G. (b) Let G be a finite group with a proper normal subgroup N that is not contained in the center of G. Prove that G has a proper subgroup H with H > G 1/2. [Hint: (a) applied to a noncentral element of G inside N is useful.] 9

14 14. Let H be a subgroup of G of index 2 and let g be an element of H. Show that if C G (g) H then the conjugacy class of g in G splits into 2 conjugacy classes in H, and if C G (g) H, then the class of g in G remains the class of g in H. 15. Let G be a finite group, H a subgroup of G of index 2, and x H. Denote by cl G (x) the conjugacy class of x in G and by cl H (x) the conjugacy class of x in H. (a) Show that if C G (x) H, then cl H (x) = 1 2 cl G(x). (b) Show that if C G (x) is not contained in H, then cl H (x) = cl G (x). [Hint: Consider centralizer orders.] 16. Let x be in the conjugacy class k of a finite group G and let H be a subgroup of G. Show that C G (x) k H H is an integer. [Hint: Show that the numerator is the cardinality of {g gxg 1 H}, which is a union of cosets of H.] 17. Let N be a normal subgroup of G and let C be a conjugacy class of G that is contained in N. Prove that if G : N = p is prime, then either C is a conjugacy class of N or C is a union of p distinct conjugacy classes of N. 18. Let G be a group, g G an element of order greater than 2 (possibly infinite) such that the conjugacy class of g has an odd number of elements. Prove that g is not conjugate to g Let H be a subgroup of the group G. Show that the following are equivalent: (i) x 1 y 1 xy H for all x, y G (ii) H G and G/H is abelian. 20. Let H and K be subgroups of a group G, with K G and K H. Show that H/K is contained in the center of G/K if and only if [H, G] K (where [H, G] = h 1 g 1 hg h H, g G ). 21. Let G be any group for which G /G and G /G are cyclic. Prove that G = G. 22. Let GL n (C) be the group of invertible n n matrices with complex entries. Give a complete list of conjugacy class representatives for GL 2 (C) and for GL 3 (C). 23. Let H be a subgroup of the group G and let T be a set of representatives for the distinct right cosets of H in G. In particular, if t T and g G then tg belongs to a unique coset of the form Ht for some t T. Write t = t g. Prove that if S G generates G, then the set {ts(t s) 1 t T, s S} generates H. Suggestion: If K denotes the subgroup generated by this set, prove the stronger assertion that KT = G. Start by showing that KT is stable under right multiplication by elements of G. 24. Let G be a group, H a subgroup of finite index n, G/H the set of left cosets of H in G, and S(G/H) the group of permutations of G/H (with composition from right to left). Define f : G S(G/H) by f(g)(xh) = (gx)h for g, x G. (a) Show that f is a group homomorphism. (b) Show that if H is a normal subgroup of G, then H is the kernel of f. 10

15 25. Let G be an abelian group. Let K = {a G : a 2 = 1} and let H = {x 2 : x G}. Show that G/K = H. 26. Let N G such that every subgroup of N is normal in G and C G (N) N. Prove that G/N is abelian. 27. Let H be a subgroup of G having a normal complement (i.e., a normal subgroup N of G satisfying HN = G and H N = 1 ). Prove that if two elements of H are conjugate in G, then they are conjugate in H. 28. Let H be a subgroup of the group G with the property that whenever two elements of G are conjugate, then the conjugating element can be chosen within H. Prove that the commutator subgroup G of G is contained in H. 29. Let a G be fixed, where G is a group. Prove that a commutes with each of its conjugates in G if and only if a belongs to an abelian normal subgroup of G. 30. Let G be a group with subgroups H and K, both of finite index. Prove that H : H K G : K, with equality if and only if G = HK. (One variant of this is to prove that if ( G : H, G : K ) = 1 then G = HK.) 31. Show that if H and K are subgroups of a finite group G satisfying ( G : H, G : K ) = 1, then G = HK. 32. Let G = A B be a direct product of the subgroups A and B. Suppose H is a subgroup of G that satisfies HA = G = HB and H A = 1 = H B. Prove that A is isomorphic to B. 33. Let N 1, N 2, and N 3 be normal subgroups of a group G and assume that for i j, N i N j = 1 and N i N j = G. Show that G is isomorphic to N 1 N 1 and G is abelian. 34. Show that if the size of each conjugacy class of a group G is at most 2, then G Z(G). 35. Let N be a normal subgroup of G. Show that if N G = 1, then N is contained in the center of G. 36. Let G be a finite group. (a) Show that every proper subgroup of G is contained in a maximal subgroup. (b) Show that the intersection of all maximal subgroups of G is a normal subgroup. 37. Let G be a finite group that has a maximal, simple subgroup H. Prove that either G is simple or there exists a minimal normal subgroup N of G such that G/N is simple. 38. Let G be a group. Show that G has a composition series if and only if G satisfies the following two conditions: (i) If G = H 0 H 1 H 2 is any subnormal series, then there is an n such that H n = H n+1 =. (ii) If H is any subgroup of G in a subnormal series and K 1 K 2 K 3 is an ascending chain of normal subgroups of H, then there is an m such that K m = K m+1 =. 39. Let G 1 and G 2 be groups, let H be a subgroup of G 1 G 2, and let π i : H G i be the restriction to H of the natural projection map onto the ith factor. Assume π i is surjective for i = 1, 2, let N i = ker π i, and let e i denote the identity element of G i. Show that N 1 = {e 1 } K and N 2 = M {e 2 } for normal subgroups M G 1 and K G 2, and that G 1 /M = G 2 /K. 11

16 Cyclic Groups 40. Let ϕ be the Euler ϕ-function that is, ϕ(n) is the number of positive integers less than the integer n and relatively prime to n. Let G be a finite group of order n with at most d elements x satisfying x d = 1 for each divisor d of n. (a) Show that in a cyclic group of order n, the number of elements of order d is ϕ(d) for each divisor d of n. Deduce that ϕ(d) = n. d n (b) Let ψ(d) be the number of elements of G of order d. Show that for any d, either ψ(d) = 0 or ψ(d) = ϕ(d). (c) Show that G is cyclic. (d) Show that any finite subgroup of the multiplicative group of a field must be cyclic. 41. Show that if G is a cyclic group then every subgroup of G is cyclic. 42. Show that if G is a finite cyclic group, then G has exactly one subgroup of order m for each positive integer m dividing G. 43. Show that if H is a cyclic normal subgroup of a finite group G, then every subgroup of H is a normal subgroup of G. 44. Let G be a cyclic group of order 12 with generator a. Find b in G such that G/ b is isomorphic to a 10. (Here x denotes the subgroup of G generated by {x}, for x G.) Homomorphisms 45. State and prove the three isomorphism theorems (for groups). 46. Let G be a group and let K be a subgroup of G. Give necessary and sufficient conditions for K to be the kernel of a homomorphism from G to G. Prove your answer. (N.B.: The homomorphism must be from G to G.) 47. Let G be a group with a normal subgroup N of order 5, such that G/N = S 3. Show that G = 30, G has a normal subgroup of order 15, and G has 3 subgroups of order 10 that are not normal. 48. Let G be a group with a normal subgroup N of order 7, such that G/N = D 10, the dihedral group of order 10. Show that G = 70, G has a normal subgroup of order 35, and G has 5 subgroups of order 14 that are not normal. 49. Let f : G H be a homomorphism of groups with kernel K and image I. (a) Show that if N is a subgroup of G then f 1 (f(n)) = KN. (b) Show that if L is a subgroup of H then f(f 1 (L)) = I L. 50. Let G and H be finite groups with ( G, H ) = 1. Show that if ϕ : G H is a homomorphism, then ϕ(g) = 1 H for all g in G (where 1 H is the identity element of H). 51. Let G = GL n (R) be the (multiplicative) group of nonsingular n n matrices with real entries and let S = SL n (R) be the subgroup of G consisting of matrices of determinant 1. Show that S G and G/S = R, the multiplicative group of real numbers. 12

17 52. Let H and K be normal subgroups of a finite group G. (a) Show that there exists a one-to-one homomorphism ϕ : G/H K G/H G/K. (b) Show that ϕ is an isomorphism if and only if G = HK. 53. (a) Suppose H and K are normal subgroups of a group G. Show that there exists a one-to-one homomorphism ϕ : G/H K G/H G/K. (b) Use part (a) to show that if (m, n) = 1 then Z mn = Zm Z n. 54. Prove that the commutator subgroup of SL 2 (Z) is proper in SL 2 (Z). (Hint: Any homomorphism of rings R S induces a homomorphism of groups SL 2 (R) SL 2 (S).) 55. Let H and K be subgroups of a finite group G and assume H is isomorphic to K. Prove that there exists a group G containing G as a subgroup, such that H and K are conjugate in G. Automorphism Groups 56. Let Inn(G) be the group of inner automorphisms of the group G and let Aut(G) be the full automorphism group. (a) Show that Inn(G) Aut(G). (b) Show that if Z(G) is the center of G, then Inn(G) = G/Z(G). 57. Show that if H is a subgroup of G, then C G (H) N G (H) and N G (H)/C G (H) is isomorphic to a subgroup of Aut(H). 58. Let G be a simple group of order greater than 2 and let Aut(G) be its automorphism group. Show that the center of Aut(G) is trivial if and only if G is non-abelian. 59. Let G be a finite group with a normal subgroup N = S 3. Show that there is a subgroup H of G such that G = N H. 60. A group N is said to be complete if the center of N is trivial and every automorphism of N is inner. Show that if G is a group, N G, and N is complete, then G = N C G (N). Abelian Groups 61. Let A be an abelian group with the following property: (*) If B A then there is a C A with A = B C. Show the following. (a) Each subgroup of A satisfies (*). (b) Each element of A has finite order. (c) If p is a prime, then A has no element of order p 2. 13

18 62. Let A be an abelian p-group of exponent p m. Show that if B is a subgroup of A of order p m and both B and A/B are cyclic, then there is a subgroup C of A such that A = B + C and B C = {0}. 63. (a) List all abelian groups of order 360 (up to isomorphism). (b) Find the invariant factors and elementary divisors of the group 64. Consider the property (*) of abelian groups G: G = Z 25 Z 45 Z 48 Z 300. (*) If H is any subgroup of G then there exists a subgroup F of G such that G/H = F. Show that if G is a finitely generated abelian group then G has property (*) if and only if G is finite. 65. Let n be a positive integer and let A = Z n. Prove that if B is any subgroup of A that is generated by fewer than n elements, then the index [A : B] is infinite. 66. Show that if A, B, and C are abelian groups, then Hom(A, B C) = Hom(A, B) Hom(A, C). 67. Show that if A, B, and C are abelian groups, then Hom(A B, C) = Hom(A, C) Hom(B, C). 68. Let A, B, A α (α I) and B β (β J) be abelian groups. Prove the following: Hom( α I A α, B) = α I Hom(A α, B) Hom(A, β J B β ) = β J Hom(A, B β ). 69. Let: 0 A B C D E 0 α β γ δ ɛ 0 A B C D E 0 be a commutative diagram of Abelian groups and homomorphisms in which both rows are exact. If α, β, δ, and ɛ are isomorphisms, prove that γ is an isomorphism also. 70. Let A, U, V, W, X, and Y be abelian groups. If α Hom(X, Y ) define α : Hom(A, X) Hom(A, Y ) by α (f) = α f. If is exact, to what extent is exact? Prove your assertions. 0 U α V β W 0 0 Hom(A, U) α Hom(A, V ) β Hom(A, W ) Same as the previous problem, except use Hom(, A) instead, making the obvious modifications. 14

19 Symmetric Groups 72. (a) Find the centralizer in S 7 of ( )( ). (b) How many elements of order 12 are there in S 7? 73. (a) Give an example of two nonconjugate elements of S 7 that have the same order. (b) If g S 7 has maximal order, what is o(g)? (c) Does the element g that you found in part (b) lie in A 7? (d) Is the set {h S 7 o(h) = o(g)} a single conjugacy class in S 7, where g is the element found in part (b)? 74. (a) Give a representative for each conjugacy class of elements of order 6 in S 6. (b) Find the order of the centralizer in S 6 of each element from part (a). 75. How many elements of order 6 are there in S 6? How many in A 6? 76. (a) Write σ = ( )( 2 3 )( 1 2 )( ) as a product of disjoint cycles and find the order of σ. (b) Let n > 1 be an odd integer. Show that S n has an element of order 2(n 2). 77. Let σ = ( )( ) S 6. (a) Determine the size of the conjugacy class of σ and the order of the centralizer of σ in S 6. (b) Determine if C S6 (σ) is abelian or non-abelian. Prove your answer. 78. Let G be a subgroup of the symmetric group S n. Show that if G contains an odd permutation, then G A n is of index 2 in G. 79. Show that if G is a non-abelian simple subgroup of S n, then G is contained in A n. 80. Show that if G is a subgroup of S n of index 2, then G = A n. 81. [NEW] Let n 3 be an integer and let k be n or n 1, whichever is odd. Prove that the set of k-cycles in A n is not a conjugacy class of A n. 82. For i = 1,..., n 1, let x i be the transposition (i i + 1) in the symmetric group S n. Show that S n = x 1,..., x n Let H be a subgroup of S n. Show that if H is a transitive subgroup of S n and H is generated by some set of transpositions, then H = S n. 84. Prove that the symmetric group S n is a maximal subgroup of S n+1. [Hint: Show that if g S n+1 S n, then S n+1 = S n S n gs n.] 85. (a) If n = k + l with k l, then S k S l is a maximal subgroup of S n in the natural embedding. (b) If n = 2k, then S k S k is not a maximal subgroup of S n in the natural embedding. 86. (a) Prove that if A is a transitive abelian subgroup of the symmetric group S n, then A = n. (b) Give an example of n, A 1, A 2, where A 1 and A 2 are transitive abelian subgroups of S n, but A 1 is not isomorphic to A 2. 15

20 87. [NEW] Let g S n (the symmetric group on n letters) be a product of two disjoint cycles, one a k-cycle and the other an l-cycle where k < l and k + l = n. Prove that if H = C Sn (g) = {h S n hg = gh}, then H is not a transitive subgroup of S n. 88. Let A be an abelian, transitive subgroup of S n. Show that for all α {1,..., n}, the stabilizer A α of α in A is trivial. 89. Let H be a subgroup of index n in a group G. Let S n be the symmetric group on n letters and let S n 1 S n be the usual embedding. Show that H = f 1 (S n 1 ) for some homomorphism f : G S n. (Hint: Let G act on the cosets of H.) 90. Show that if σ = ρλ S m+n is the product of an m-cycle ρ and an n-cycle λ, with ρ and λ disjoint and m n, then the centralizer in S m+n of σ is ρ, λ. 91. Let τ be an element of the symmetric group S n and let σ S n be a transposition. Show that the number of cycles in the cycle decomposition of στ is either one more or one less than the number of cycles in the cycle decomposition of τ. 92. Show that if σ S n is an (n 1)-cycle, where n 3, then C(σ) = σ. 93. Let g and h be elements of the alternating group A n that have the same cycle structure. Assume that in a cycle decomposition of g (and hence also of h), two cycles have the same length. Prove that g and h are conjugate in A n. Infinite Groups 94. Let A and B be subgroups of the additive group of rationals Q. Show that if A is isomorphic to B and f : A B is an isomorphism, then there exists q Q such that f(x) = qx for all x A. 95. (a) Prove that the additive group of the rational numbers is not cyclic. (b) Prove that a finitely generated subgroup of the additive group of the rational numbers must be cyclic. 96. If G is a finitely generated group and n is a positive integer, prove that there are at most finitely many subgroups of index n in G. (HINT: Consider maps into the symmetric group S n.) 97. Let G be a group with a proper subgroup of finite index. Show that G has a proper normal subgroup of finite index. 98. Let Q be the additive group of rationals and Z its subgroup of integers. Prove the following. (a) If n is a positive integer, then Q/Z has an element of order n. (b) If n is a positive integer, then Q/Z has a unique subgroup of order n. (c) Every finite subgroup of Q/Z is cyclic. 99. Let G have the presentation G = a, b a 2 = 1, a 1 bab = 1. Prove that G is infinite but the commutator subgroup of G is of finite index in G Let N be a normal subgroup of G with the order of N finite. Prove there is a normal subgroup M of G such that [G : M] is finite and nm = mn for all n N and m M Let G be a finitely presented group in which there are fewer relations than generators. Prove that G is necessarily infinite. 16

21 p-groups 102. Show that the center of a finite p-group is non-trivial Show that if P is a finite p-group and 1 N P, then N Z(P ) Let P be a finite p-group and let H be a proper subgroup of P. Prove that H is a proper subgroup of its normalizer N P (H) Show that a group of order p 2, where p is a prime, must be abelian Let p be a prime and let G be a non-abelian group of order p 3. (a) Show that the center Z(G) of G and the commutator subgroup of G are equal and of order p. (b) Show that G/Z(G) = Z p Z p Let p be a prime and let G be a group of order p n satisfying the following property: (*) If A and B are subgroups of G then A B or B A. Prove that G is a cyclic group. [Note: This statement is also true without the assumption that G is a p-group.] 108. Let G be a finite group. Prove that G is a cyclic p-group, for some prime p, if and only if G has exactly one conjugacy class of maximal subgroups Let G be a finite p-group for some prime p. Show that if G is not cyclic, then G has at least p + 1 maximal subgroups Let P be a finite p-group in which all the non-identity elements of the center Z(P ) have order p. If {Z i (P )} is the upper central series of P, prove that for every i, every non-identity element of Z i+1 (P )/Z i (P ) has order p Let P be a p-group satisfying [P : Z(P )] = p n. Show that P p n(n 1) 2. (Hint: Use induction on n. Apply the inductive hypothesis to a maximal subgroup of P.) 112. Let G be a group of order 16 with an element g of order 4. Prove that the subgroup of G generated by g 2 is normal in G. Group Actions 113. Show that if the center of a group G is of index n in G, then every conjugacy class of G has at most n elements Let G n = GL n (C) be the group of invertible n n matrices with complex entries and let M n = M n (C) be the set of all n n complex matrices. (a) Show that for g G n and m M n, g m = gmg 1 defines a (left) action of G n on M n. (b) For n = 2 and n = 3, find a complete set of orbit representatives Let G be a finite group acting on a set A and suppose that for any two ordered pairs (a 1, a 2 ) and (b 1, b 2 ) of elements of A, there is an element g G such that g a i = b i for i = 1, 2. Show that if A = n, then G is divisible by n(n 1). [Hint: Show that if a A then G a acts transitively on A {a}.] 17

22 116. Let G be a group acting transitively on a set Ω. Show that the following are equivalent. (i) The action is doubly transitive (i.e., for any two ordered pairs (α 1, β 1 ), (α 2, β 2 ) of elements of Ω with α 1 β 1 and α 2 β 2, there is an element g in G such that g α 1 = α 2 and g β 1 = β 2 ). (ii) For all α Ω, the stabilizer G α acts transitively on Ω {α} Let G be a group acting transitively on the set Ω. Show that if α β are elements of Ω, then G α G β is a proper subset of G Let G be a group acting transitively on a set A. Show that if there is an element a A such that G a = {1}, then G b = {1} for all b A Let the group G act transitively on the set Ω, and let N be a normal subgroup of G. Prove that G permutes the N-orbits of Ω and that these orbits all have the same size Let G act on a set A and let B be a subset of A. For g G, let g B = {g b : b B}. Show that H = {g G : g B = B} is a subgroup of G Let G be a group acting on the set S and let H be a subgroup of G acting transitively on S. Show that if t S then G = G t H, where G t is the stabilizer of t in G Let G be a finite group. Show that if G has a normal subgroup N of order 3 that is not contained in the center of G, then G has a subgroup of index 2. [Hint: The group G acts on N by conjugation.] 123. (a) Let G be a finite group acting on the finite set S. For g G, let Show that the number of orbits is F (g) = {x S : g x = x}. 1 G F (g). g G (b) Show that the number of conjugacy classes of a finite group G is 124. Let G be a subgroup of S n that acts transitively on {1, 2,..., n}. (a) Show that if G 1 = {g G g 1 = 1} then [G : G 1 ] = n. (b) Show that if G is abelian then G is of order n. 1 G C G (g) Let G be a finite group acting transitively on a set Ω. Fix α Ω and let G α be the stabilizer of α in G. Let be the set of points fixed by G α, i.e., = {β Ω β x = β x G α }. Show that is stabilized by N G (G α ) and that N G (G α ) acts transitively on Let G act transitively on a set Ω, fix α Ω, and let H = G α. Show that the orbits of H on Ω are in one-to-one correspondence with the H H double cosets in G Let G act on a set Ω and assume N is a normal subgroup of G that is contained in the kernel of the action. Show that there is a natural action of G/N on Ω which satisfies the property that G is transitive if and only if G/N is transitive Let G be a group with a subgroup H of finite index n. Show that there is a homomorphism ϕ : G S n with ker ϕ H. g G 18

23 129. Suppose a group G has a subgroup H with G : H = n <. Prove that G has a normal subgroup N with N H and G : N n! Let n > 1 be a fixed integer. Prove that there are only finitely many simple groups (up to isomorphism) containing a proper subgroup of index less than or equal to n Let n = p m r where p is prime and r is an integer greater than 1 such that p does not divide r. Show that if there is a simple group of order n, then p m divides (r 1)! Show that if G is a simple group of order greater than 60, then G has no proper subgroup of index less than or equal to [NEW] Let G be a group of order 2016 = in which all elements of order 7 are conjugate. Prove that G has a normal subgroup of index [NEW] Prove that if G is a simple group containing an element of order 45, then every proper subgroup of G has index at least Let G be a finite simple group containing an element of order 21. Show that every proper subgroup of G has index at least Let G be a finite group and let K be a subgroup of index p, where p is the smallest prime dividing the order of G. Show that K is a normal subgroup of G Let G be a nonabelian finite simple group and let H be a subgroup of index p, where p is a prime. Prove that the number of distinct conjugates of H in G is p Let G be a finite simple group with a subgroup H of prime index p. Show that p must be the largest prime dividing the order of G Let G be a finite simple group and p a prime such that p 2 divides the order of G. Show that G has no subgroup of index p Let G be a finite group in which a Sylow 2-subgroup is cyclic. Prove that there exists a normal subgroup N of odd order such that the index [G : N] is a power of 2. [Hint: Generalize the previous problem.] 141. (a) Let G be a subgroup of the symmetric group S n. Show that if G contains an odd permutation then G A n is of index 2 in G. (b) Let G be a group of order 2r, where r > 1 is an odd integer. Show that in the regular permutation representation of G, an element t of G of order 2 corresponds to an odd permutation. (c) Show that a group of order 2r, with r > 1 an odd integer, cannot be simple Let G be a finite cyclic group and H a subgroup of index p, p a prime. Suppose G acts on a set S and the restriction of the action to H is transitive. Let G x, H x be the stabilizer of x S in G, H, respectively. Show the following. (a) H x = G x H (b) [H : H x ] = [G : G x ] = S (c) S is not divisible by p. 19

24 143. Let G be a finite group and p a prime. Then G acts on Syl p (G) by conjugation; let ρ : G Sym(Syl p (G)) be the homomorphism corresponding to this action. (a) ρ(p ) fixes exactly one point (element of Syl p (G)). (b) If P Syl p (G) has order p, then ρ(x) is a product of one 1-cycle and a certain number of p-cycles, for x P {1}. (c) If P Syl p (G) has order p and y N G (P ) C G (P ) then ρ(y) fixes at most r points, where r is the number of orbits under the action of ρ(p ) (including the fixed point of part (a)) Let G be a finite group acting faithfully and transitively on a set Ω. Assume that there exists a normal subgroup N such that N acts regularly on Ω (i.e., G = G α N and G α N = 1 for all α Ω). Prove that G α embeds as a subgroup of Aut(N). Sylow Theorems 145. (a) Let G be a finite p-group acting on the finite set S. Let S 0 be the set of all elements of S fixed by G. Show that S S 0 (mod p). (b) Show that if H is a p-subgroup of a finite group G, then [N G (H) : H] [G : H] (mod p). (c) State and prove Sylow s theorems Let G be a finite group and let P be a Sylow p-subgroup of G. Prove the following. (a) If M is any normal p-subgroup of G then M P. (b) There is a normal p-subgroup N of G that contains all normal p-subgroups of G Let n be an integer and p a prime dividing n. Assume that there exists exactly one divisor d of n satisfying both d > 1 and d 1 (mod p). Prove that if G is any finite group of order n and P is a Sylow p-subgroup of G, then either P G or else N G (P ) is a maximal subgroup of G Let G be a group of order 168 and let P be a Sylow 7-subgroup of G. Show that either P is a normal subgroup of G or else the normalizer of P is a maximal subgroup of G Show that if G is a simple group of order 60 then G = A Show that a group of order 2001 = contains a normal cyclic subgroup of index Show that if G is a group of order 2002 = , then G has an abelian subgroup of index Show that a group of order 2004 = must be solvable. Give an example of a group of order 2004 in which a Sylow 3-subgroup is not a normal subgroup Determine all groups of order 2009 = , up to isomorphism Show that if G is a group of order 2010 = , then G has a normal subgroup of order Show that if G is a group of order 2010 = , then G is solvable Prove or disprove: Every group of order = is cyclic. Use Sylow s Theorems. 20

25 157. Determine, up to isomorphism, all groups of order (Note that 2012 = and 503 is a prime.) 158. Prove that a group G of order 36 must have a normal subgroup of order 3 or Show that a group of order 96 must have a normal subgroup of order 16 or Show that a group of order 160 = must contain a nontrivial normal 2-subgroup Show that if G is a group of order 392 = , then G has a normal subgroup of order 7 or a normal subgroup of order Let G be a finite simple group containing an element of order 9. Show that every proper subgroup of G has index at least Show that there is no simple group of order (a) Show that S 6 has no simple subgroup of index 4 (i.e. order 180). (b) Show that a group of order 180 = cannot be simple (a) Show that Aut(Z 7 ) = 6. (b) Show that a group of order 63 must contain an element of order Show that a simple group of order 168 must be isomorphic to a subgroup of the alternating group A Let G be a simple group of order 168. Determine the number of elements of G of order 7. Explain your answer Let p > q be primes. Show that if p 1 is not divisible by q, then there is exactly one group of order pq [NEW] Let G be a group of order pqr, where p > q > r are primes. Prove that a Sylow subgroup for one of these primes is normal Let G be a group of order pqr, where p > q > r are primes. Let P be a Sylow p-subgroup of G and assume P is not normal in G. Show that a Sylow q-subgroup of G must be normal Let G be a group of order pqr, where p > q > r are primes. Show that if p 1 is not divisible by q, then a Sylow p-subgroup of G must be normal Let G be a group of order pqr, where p > q > r are primes. Show that if p 1 is not divisible by q or r and q 1 is not divisible by r, then G must be abelian (hence cyclic). [Hint: Show that G must be contained in a Sylow subgroup for two different primes.] 173. Let G be a group of order 105 = Prove that a Sylow 7-subgroup of G is normal Show that a group of order must be solvable Show that a group G of order 255 = must be abelian Let G be a group of order 231 = Prove that a Sylow 11-subgroup is contained in the center of G. 21

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