By Tonny A. Springer

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4), and it is denoted by X. Obviously X is the smallest subgroup of G containing X: it is called the subgroup generated by X. Note that the cyclic subgroup x is just the subgroup generated by the singleton set {x}. Thus we have generalized the notion of a cyclic subgroup. It is natural to enquire what form the elements of X take. 5) Let X be a non-empty subset of a group G. Then X consists of all elements of G of the form x1ε1 x2ε2 . . xkεk where xi ∈ X, εi = ±1 and k ≥ 0, (the case k = 0 being interpreted as 1G ).

Prove that (P (A), ∗) is an abelian group. 5. Define powers in a semigroup (S, ∗) by the rules x 1 = x and x n+1 = x n ∗ x where x ∈ S and n is a non-negative integer. Prove that x m ∗ x n = x m+n and (x m )n = x mn where m, n > 0. 6. Let G be a monoid such that for each x in G there is a positive integer n such that x n = e. Prove that G is a group. 7. Let G consist of the permutations (1 2)(3 4), (1 3)(2 4), (1 4)(2 3), together with the identity permutation (1)(2)(3)(4). Show that G is a group with exactly four elements in which each element is its own inverse.

Vi) For an example of a semigroup that is not a monoid we need look no further than (E, +) where E is the set of all even integers. Clearly there is no identity element here. (vii) The monoid of functions on a set. Let A be any non-empty set, and write Fun(A) for the set of all functions α on A. 3). The identity element is the identity function on A. , to those which have inverses, we obtain the symmetric group on A (Sym(A), ), consisting of all the permutations of A. This is one of our prime examples of groups.