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Kn = ι. Now suppose that σi = ( x1 . . xli ). Then π n = ι implies that π n ( x j ) = x j for 1 j li . So (σ1n . . σkn )( x j ) = x j , and since the σs are disjoint cycles, we know that no other cycle apart from σi affects x j and therefore σi ( x j ) = x j for 1 j li . Hence σin = 1 and hence n must either equal li = |σi | or be an integer multiple of it. That is, li |n. Repeating this argument for all the cycles σ1 , . . , σk we see that if π n = ι then li |n for 1 i k. Conversely, suppose that n is such that li |n for 1 π n = σin .
Xn ) has exactly the same factors ( xi − x j ) as P( x1 , . . , xn ), except that some of the variables xi have been permuted, and some of the factors will change sign. We may therefore define the sign of σ to be the quotient σ ( P)( x1 , . . , xn ) = ±1. P ( x1 , . . , x n ) In general, for any two permutations σ, τ ∈ Sn , sign(σ ) = groups sign(στ ) = P( xστ (1) , . . , xστ (n) ) στ ( P)( x1 , . . , xn ) = P ( x1 , . . , x n ) P ( x1 , . . , x n ) P( xσ(1) , . . , xσ(n) ) P( xστ (1) , .
Since all of the numbers 1, . . , 5 are now accounted for, we are done, and στ = (1 3 2 4). Now try it with τσ = (1 2 4)(3 5)(2 3 5). 1 2 5 4 3 (2 3 5) −→ −→ −→ −→ (2 3 5) −→ (3 5) 1 3 2 4 −→ −→ −→ −→ 5 −→ 3 (3 5) 1 5 2 4 (1 2 4) −→ −→ −→ −→ (1 2 4) −→ 2 5 4 1 3 (1 2 5 4) (3) So τσ = (1 2 5 4). Now we introduce a couple of concepts relating to cyclic permutations which will become useful in the next bit. 55 Let σ = ( x1 x2 . . xk ) be a finite cyclic permutation in some (possibly infinite) symmetric group Sym( X ).
A course in abstract algebra by Nicholas Jackson