Singapore Haze & Subgroup of Smallest Prime Index

Recently, the Singapore Haze is getting quite bad, crossing the 200 PSI Mark on several occasions. Do consider purchasing a Air Purifier, or some N95 Masks, as the haze problem is probably staying for at least a month. Personally, I use Nasal Irrigation (Neilmed Sinus Rinse), which has tremendously helped my nose during this haze period. It can help clear out dust and mucus trapped in the nose.

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Previously, we proved that any subgroup of index 2 is normal. It turns out that there is a generalisation of this theorem. Let p be the smallest prime divisor of a group G. Then, any subgroup H\leq G of index p is normal in G.

Proof: Let H be a subgroup of G of index p. Let G act on the left cosets of H by left multiplication: \forall x\in G, x\cdot gH=xgH.

This group action induces a group homomorphism \phi:G\to S_p.

Let K=\ker \phi. If x\in K, then xgH=gH for all g\in G. In particular when g=1, xH=H, i.e. x\in H.

Thus K\subseteq H. In particular, K\trianglelefteq H, since \ker\phi is a normal subgroup of G.

We have G/K\cong \phi(G)\leq S_p. Thus |G/K|\mid p!.

Also note that |G|=|G/K||K|. Note that |G/K|\neq 1 since |G/K|=[G:H][H:K]=p[H:K]\geq p.

Let q be a prime divisor of |G/K|. Then q\leq p since |G/K|\mid p!. Also, q\mid |G|. Since p is the smallest prime divisor of |G|, p\leq q. Therefore, p=q, i.e. |G/K|=p.

Then p=p[H:K] \implies [H:K]=1, i.e. H=K. Thus, H is normal in G.


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3 Responses to Singapore Haze & Subgroup of Smallest Prime Index

  1. Pingback: Group of order 432 is not simple | Singapore Maths Tuition

  2. Joseph Nebus says:

    I’m shocked to hear how bad the haze has gotten.

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