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**Examination by course unit 2011
**

MTHM024 Group Theory

Duration: 3 hours

Date and time: 13 May 2011, 10:00–13:00

Apart from this page, you are not permitted to read the contents of this

question paper until instructed to do so by an invigilator.

You may attempt as many questions as you wish and all questions carry equal

marks. Except for the award of a bare pass, only the best 4 questions answered

will be counted.

Calculators are NOT permitted in this examination. The unauthorized use

of a calculator constitutes an examination offence.

Complete all rough workings in the answer book and cross through any

work which is not to be assessed.

Candidates should note that the Examination and Assessment Regulations

state that possession of unauthorized materials by any candidate who is under

examination conditions is an assessment offence. Please check your pockets

now for any notes that you may have forgotten that are in your possession. If

you have any, then please raise your hand and give them to an invigilator now.

Exam papers must not be removed from the examination room.

Examiner(s): P. J. Cameron

c Queen Mary, University of London (2011) TURN OVER

Page 2 MTHM024 (2011)

Question 1 State and prove the Jordan–H¨ older theorem on composition factors of

a ﬁnite group. [17]

The following are two properties which may or may not hold in a group of

order 120:

A: G has a normal subgroup N with N

∼

= A

5

, G/N

∼

=C

2

;

B: G has a normal subgroup N with N

∼

=C

2

, G/N

∼

= A

5

.

Give examples of groups satisfying

(a) A and B; (b) A but not B; (c) B but not A; (d) neither A nor B.

You should indicate why your groups have the required properties, but detailed

proofs are not required. [8]

Question 2 Deﬁne the groups GL(n, F), SL(n, F), PGL(n, F), and PSL(n, F), where

n ≥2 and F is a ﬁeld. [4]

State without proof the orders of these groups when F is a ﬁnite ﬁeld with q

elements. [4]

State without proof which of the groups PSL(n, F) are simple. [3]

Prove that PSL(2, 3)

∼

=A

4

and PSL(2, 5)

∼

=A

5

, where A

n

is the alternating group

of degree n. [14]

Question 3 Deﬁne a Sylow p-subgroup of the ﬁnite group G, where p is prime. [3]

State Sylow’s theorems. [5]

Let G = GL(3, p) be the group of invertible 3×3 matrices over Z

p

, the ﬁeld of

integers mod p, where p is prime. Let

P =

_

_

_

_

_

1 a b

0 1 c

0 0 1

_

_

: a, b, c ∈ Z

p

_

_

_

, Q =

_

_

_

_

_

1 0 0

a 1 0

b c 1

_

_

: a, b, c ∈ Z

p

_

_

_

.

Show that P and Q are Sylow p-subgroups of G, and ﬁnd an element g ∈ G such

that g

−1

Pg = Q. [11]

Are P and Q isomorphic? Are they abelian? [6]

Question 4 (a) What is an action of the group G on the set Ω? If G acts on Ω,

what are its orbits? [4]

(b) Give a formula for the number of orbits in the case when G and Ω are ﬁnite. [3]

(c) What is a transitive action? What is a primitive action? [4]

(d) If G acts primitively on Ωand NG, show that the action of N is either trivial

or transitive. [6]

(e) Show that the action of S

4

on the set of 2-element subsets of {1, 2, 3, 4} is

imprimitive. Hence ﬁnd a homomorphism from S

4

onto S

3

. [8]

c Queen Mary, University of London (2011)

MTHM024 (2011) Page 3

Question 5 (a) What is a soluble group? [3]

(b) Prove that all dihedral groups are soluble. [4]

(c) Prove that every group of order 48 is soluble. (You may assume that groups

of order smaller than 48 are soluble, but any theorems you use about soluble

groups should be stated clearly.) [10]

(d) Show that a direct product of soluble groups is soluble. [8]

Question 6 Let H be a subgroup of the group G. Deﬁne the normaliser N

G

(H) of

H in G. [2]

If G is the dihedral group of order 8 (the group of symmetries of a square), t is a

reﬂection in G, and H =t, ﬁnd the order of N

G

(H). [5]

Prove that

(a) if G has prime power order and H < G, then H < N

G

(H); [9]

(b) if P is a Sylow p-subgroup of G and N

G

(P) ≤H, then N

G

(H) = H. [9]

Question 7 Let G be a group with an abelian normal subgroup A having a comple-

ment H.

(a) Prove that G/A

∼

= H. [5]

(b) Show how the action of H on A by conjugation gives rise to a homomorphism

φ : H →Aut(A). [5]

(c) Show that G can be reconstructed from knowledge of A, H and φ. [5]

(d) Show that, if the image of φ is {1}, then G

∼

= A×H. [4]

(e) What further information is needed to reconstruct G if the normal subgroup A

is abelian but does not necessarily have a complement? (Details not required.) [6]

End of Paper

c Queen Mary, University of London (2011)

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