Dicyclic group:Dic12

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This group, sometimes denoted \operatorname{Dic}_{12} and sometimes denoted \Gamma(3,2,2), is defined in the following equivalent ways:

A presentation for the group is given by:

\langle a,b,c \mid a^3 = b^2 = c^2 = abc \rangle.

GAP implementation

Group ID

This finite group has order 12 and has ID 1 among the groups of order 12 in GAP's SmallGroup library. For context, there are 5 groups of order 12. It can thus be defined using GAP's SmallGroup function as:


For instance, we can use the following assignment in GAP to create the group and name it G:

gap> G := SmallGroup(12,1);

Conversely, to check whether a given group G is in fact the group we want, we can use GAP's IdGroup function:

IdGroup(G) = [12,1]

or just do:


to have GAP output the group ID, that we can then compare to what we want.

Other definitions

The group can also be defined using its presentation:

F := FreeGroup(3);
G := F/[F.1^3 * F.2^(-2), F.2^2 * F.3^(-2), F.1 * F.2 * (F.3)^(-1)];