Prime power order implies subgroups of all orders dividing the group order

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This article gives the statement and possibly, proof, of an implication relation between two group properties. That is, it states that every group satisfying the first group property (i.e., group of prime power order) must also satisfy the second group property (i.e., group having subgroups of all orders dividing the group order)
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Suppose G is a group of prime power order p^n. Suppose 0 \le m \le n. Then, G has a subgroup of order p^m.

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Facts used

  1. Prime power order implies not centerless


Given: A group G of prime power order p^n. An integer m with 0 \le m \le n.

To prove: G has a subgroup of order p^m.

Proof by moving upward on m

Proof: We prove the result by induction on n. The base case, n = 0, is trivial. Suppose n \ge 1. Note also that if m = 0, the trivial subgroup works, so we can consider m \ge 1.

  1. G has a normal subgroup N of order p: Since G is nontrivial, fact (1) tells us that its center Z(G) is nontrivial. Pick any non-identity element x \in Z(P). The order of x is p^j, with <mah>1 \le j \le n</math>. Pick y = x^{p^{j-1}}. N = \langle y \rangle has order p, and since N \le Z(G), N is normal.
  2. G/N has a subgroup of order p^{m-1}: G/N has order p^{n-1}, so the induction hypothesis applies to yield that it has a subgroup, say M/N, of order p^{m-1}.
  3. The subgroup M has order p^m: This is a direct consequence of Lagrange's theorem, and what we know about the orders of N and M/N.

Proof by moving downward on m

Proof: This uses the idea that every maximal subgroup is normal, and has index p, hence we can find a subgroup of the required order inside the maximal subgroup. PLACEHOLDER FOR INFORMATION TO BE FILLED IN: [SHOW MORE]