# Centralizer of Group Element is Subgroup/Proof 2

## Theorem

Let $\struct {G, \circ}$ be a group and let $a \in G$.

Then $\map {C_G} a$, the centralizer of $a$ in $G$, is a subgroup of $G$.

## Proof

Let $\struct {G, \circ}$ be a group.

We have that:

$\forall a \in G: e \circ a = a \circ e \implies e \in \map {C_G} a$

Thus $\map {C_G} a \ne \O$.

Let $x, y \in \map {C_G} a$.

$a \circ x \circ y^{-1} = x \circ y^{-1} \circ a$

so:

$x \circ y^{-1} \in\map {C_G} a$

The result follows by the One-Step Subgroup Test, the result follows.

$\blacksquare$