# Cyclic Group/Group Presentation

## Generator of the Cyclic Group of Order $n$

The presentation of a finite cyclic group of order $n$ is:

$C_n = \gen {a: a^n = e}$

## Proof

The elements of $\gen {a: a^n = e}$ are:

$a, a^2, a^3, \ldots, a^{n - 1}, a^n, a^{n + 1}, a^{n + 2}, \ldots$

However, we have that:

$a^n = e$

and so the elements of $\gen {a: a^n = e}$ are:

$a, a^2, a^3, \ldots, a^{n - 1}, e, e a, e a^2, \ldots$

That is:

$C_n = \set {a, a^2, \ldots, a^{n - 1}, e}$

and the result follows by definition of cyclic group.

$\blacksquare$