Cyclic Groups of Order p q/Proof 1

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Let $p, q$ be primes such that $p < q$ and $p$ does not divide $q - 1$.

Let $G$ be a group of order $p q$.

Then $G$ is cyclic.


Let $H$ be a Sylow $p$-subgroup of $G$.

Let $K$ be a Sylow $q$-subgroup of $G$.

By the Fourth Sylow Theorem, the number of Sylow $p$-subgroups of $G$ is of the form $1 + k p$ and divides $p q$.

We have that $1 + k p$ cannot divide $p$.

Then $1 + k p$ must divide $q$.

But as $q$ is prime, either:

$1 + k p = 1$


$1 + k p = q$


\(\ds 1 + k p\) \(=\) \(\ds q\)
\(\ds \leadsto \ \ \) \(\ds k p\) \(=\) \(\ds q - 1\)
\(\ds \leadsto \ \ \) \(\ds p\) \(\divides\) \(\ds q - 1\)

which contradicts our condition that $p$ does not divide $q - 1$.

Hence $1 + k p = 1$.

Thus there is only one Sylow $p$-subgroup of $G$.

Similarly, there is only one Sylow $q$-subgroup of $G$.

Thus, by Sylow $p$-Subgroup is Unique iff Normal, $H$ and $K$ are normal subgroups of $G$.

Let $H = \gen x$ and $K = \gen y$.

To show $G$ is cyclic, it is sufficient to show that $x$ and $y$ commute, because then:

$\order {x y} = \order x \order y = p q$

where $\order x$ denotes the order of $x$ in $G$.

Since $H$ and $K$ are normal:

$x y x^{-1} y^{-1} = \paren {x y x^{-1} } y^{-1} \in K y^{-1} = K$


$x y x^{-1} y^{-1} = x \paren {y x ^{-1} y^{-1} } \in x H = H$

Now suppose $a \in H \cap K$.


\(\ds \order a\) \(\divides\) \(\ds p\)
\(\, \ds \land \, \) \(\ds \order a\) \(\divides\) \(\ds q\)
\(\ds \leadsto \ \ \) \(\ds \order a\) \(=\) \(\ds 1\)
\(\ds \leadsto \ \ \) \(\ds a\) \(=\) \(\ds e\)

where $e$ is the identity of $G$.


$x y x^{-1}y^{-1} \in K \cap H = e$

Hence $x y = y x$ and the result follows.