Sylow Prime Group

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Sylow Prime Group

T. Srinivasarao Asst. Professor Dept. of Math

Mr. K. Revathi Asst. Professor Dept. of Math

University College of Science & Technology Adikavi Nannaya University

University College of Science & Technology Adikavi Nannaya University

Abstract: Sylow p subgroup is a vital part of the discussion in any algebraic activity dealing with group theory. So, it is natural that, is every group can have Sylow p subgroups or any specific distinction can be put forward that confirms a particular group is either a group having Sylow p subgroup or there is no single Sylow p subgroup. With a view to characterize the groups whether possessing a Sylow p subgroup or not here is an activity that progresses the discussion by one step ahead. This discussion leads to groups of order p and order pq that has applications in Galvan theory.


Suppose n is a positive integer. By the fundamental theorem of arithmetic, either n is a group of prime order or it is a product of

primes expressible in a unique manner as n p 1 p 2 … p k


p ' s are prime numbers with the respective multiplicities

i ,1 i k .

1 2 k i

Since each p is a prime number, 1 i k , there exists a cyclic group G ,1 i k such that

G p i ,1 i k


Now, G G1 G2 … Gk

i i i

  1. Sylow Prime Group:

    Definition : if G is a finite group, p is a prime number such that called a Sylow p subgroup of G. (1.1)

    pn | G and pn1 | G , then any subgroup of G of order

    pn is

    Definition 2: a group (G, *) is said to be a Sylow prime group if every non trivial subgroup of G is a Sylow

    pi – subgroup for

    some prime factor (1.2)

    pi of the order of G.

    Since G n p 1 p 2 …p k , and in view of Lagranges theorem of finite groups, and properties of divisibility, it follows that

    1 2 k

    p i | G

    for each 1 i k and p

    i1 | G

    by the unique representation of the integer n.

    i i1

    pi i

    pi i

    It is not necessary that there is a subgroup of G of order for every 1 i k . This confirms that every group of finite order is not a Sylow prime group.

    To verify these observations, the following instances will show a finite group that admits the definition of Sylow prime group and another instance for not.

  2. Working on Sylow Prime Groups:

Consider the symmetric group of order 6 or the symmetric group on 3 symbols.

S3 f1, f2 , f3 , f4 , f5 , f6 where

f1 a, a,b,b,c,c f2 a,b,b, a,c,c f3 a, a,b,c,c,b f4 a,c,b,b,c, a f5 a,b,b,c,c, a f6 a,c,b, a,c,b

fi : A A is a bijection for each 1 i 6 and

A a,b,c

The composition of mappings is the operation that makes S3 a group such that S 6 2 3 , the unique representation

1 1





by fundamental theorem of arithmetic

It can be easily seen that H f , f , H f , f , f are the only non trivial subgroups such that H 21,22 | S and so,

1 1 4 2 1 5 6 1 3

H1 is a Sylow 2- subgroup of S3

Similarly, H 31,32 | S and so, H is a Sylow 3 subgroup of S (2.1)

2 3 2 3

Take another instance.

12 1,5,7,11is a group under multiplication modulo 12 denoted by 12 .

12 4 22

H1 1,11 is a non trivial subgroup of order 21 .



Also, 22 | 12 which shows H is not a Sylow 2 subgroup of 12

So, this is an example of a group that is not a Sylow prime group. (2.2) The working (2.1) and (2.2) will confirm that all finite groups are not Sylow Prime Groups.


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