Difference between revisions of "Derived length"

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===Symbol-free definition===
 
===Symbol-free definition===
  
Given a [[solvable group]], we define its '''solvable length''' as follows: it is the length of the [[derived series]] of the group. Note here that by length of the series, we mean the number of successive inclusions, so the length is one less than the actual number of subgroups in the derived series.
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Given a [[solvable group]], we define its '''solvable length''' or '''derived length''' as follows:  
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* It is the length of the [[derived series]] of the group. Note here that by length of the series, we mean the number of successive inclusions, so the length is one less than the actual number of subgroups in the derived series.
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* It is the minimum possible length of a [[subnormal series]] from the trivial subgroup to the whole group such that all the quotients in the series are [[abelian group]]s.
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When we say that a group has solvable length <math>k</math>, we typically mean that it has solvable length at most <math>k</math>.
  
 
==Facts==
 
==Facts==
  
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===Small values===
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* A group has solvable length zero if and only if it is [[trivial group|trivial]].
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* A group has solvable length at most one if and only if it is [[abelian group|abelian]].
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* A group has solvable length at most two if and only if it is a [[metabelian group]]: it has an [[abelian normal subgroup]] such that the [[quotient group]] is also an [[abelian group]].
 
===Relation with nilpotence class===
 
===Relation with nilpotence class===
  

Revision as of 15:50, 24 June 2009

This article defines an arithmetic function on a restricted class of groups, namely: solvable groups

Definition

Symbol-free definition

Given a solvable group, we define its solvable length or derived length as follows:

  • It is the length of the derived series of the group. Note here that by length of the series, we mean the number of successive inclusions, so the length is one less than the actual number of subgroups in the derived series.
  • It is the minimum possible length of a subnormal series from the trivial subgroup to the whole group such that all the quotients in the series are abelian groups.

When we say that a group has solvable length k, we typically mean that it has solvable length at most k.

Facts

Small values

Relation with nilpotence class

Further information: Nilpotence class versus solvable length

Any nilpotent group is solvable, and there are numerical relations between the nilpotence class and solvable length: