# Difference between revisions of "Trivial group"

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## Definition

### Verbal definition

The trivial group is the group with only one element, which is its identity element.

### Multiplication table

Element $e$ (identity element) $e$ $e$

## Importance

The trivial group is important in the following ways:

• For any group, there is a unique homomorphism from the trivial group to that group, namely the homomorphism sending it to the identity element. Thus, the trivial group occurs in a unique way as a subgroup for any given group, namely the one-element subgroup comprising the identity element. This is termed the trivial subgroup.
• For any group, there is a unique homomorphism to the trivial group from that group, namely the homomorphism sending everything to the identity element. Thus, the trivial group occurs in a unique way as a quotient group of any given group, namely its quotient by itself. This is termed the trivial quotient.