# Cyclic Group Elements whose Powers equal Identity

## Theorem

Let $G$ be a cyclic group whose identity is $e$ and whose order is $n$.

Let $d \divides n$.

Then there exist exactly $d$ elements $x \in G$ satisfying the equation $x^d = e$.

These are the elements of the group $G_d$ generated by $g^{n / d}$:

$G_d = \gen {g^{n / d} }$

## Proof

From the argument in Subgroup of Finite Cyclic Group is Determined by Order, it follows that $x$ satisfies the equation $x^d = e$ if and only if $x$ is a power of $g^{n/d}$.

Thus there are $d$ solutions to this equation.

$\blacksquare$