# Definition:Group Product/Group Law

## Definition

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

The operation $\circ$ can be referred to as the group law.

## Also known as

The term group law is often referred to as the group product, but this can easily be confused with the product (element).

Other terms that can be seen are:

group operation
product rule

Some sources rely on the language of arithmetic and call it multiplication.

However, this is not recommended as it can cause the reader's to be confused into assuming that the elements of $G$ are numbers, when this is not necessarily so.

## Examples of Operations on Group Product

### Example: $b x a^{-1} = a^{-1} b$

$b x a^{-1} = a^{-1} b$

### Example: $a x a^{-1} = e$

$a x a^{-1} = e$

### Example: $a x a^{-1} = a$

$a x a^{-1} = a$

### Example: $a x b = c$

$a x b = c$

### Example: $b a^{-1} x a b^{-1} = b a$

$b a^{-1} x a b^{-1} = b a$