Group is Solvable iff Normal Subgroup and Quotient are Solvable

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Theorem

Let $G$ be a finite group.

Let $H$ be a normal subgroup of $G$.


Then $G$ is solvable if and only if:

$(1): \quad H$ is solvable

and

$(2): \quad G / H$ is solvable

where $G / H$ is the quotient group of $G$ by $H$.


Proof

As $H \lhd G$ we can construct the normal series:

$(A): \quad \set e \lhd H \lhd G$

By Finite Group has Composition Series, $(A)$ can be refined to a composition series for $G$:

$(B): \quad \set e = G_0 \lhd G_1 \lhd \cdots \lhd G_n = G$


Suppose $G_k = H$.

Then we can construct the composition series:

$(C): \quad \set e = G_0 \lhd G_1 \lhd \cdots \lhd G_k = H$

and:

$(D): \quad \set e = G_k / H \lhd G_{k + 1} / H \lhd \cdots \lhd G_n / H = G / H$


Furthermore, by the Third Isomorphism Theorem:

$\dfrac {G_{i + 1} / H} {G_i / H} \cong \dfrac {G_{i + 1} } {G_i}$

for all $k \le i \le n$.


So each factor of the composition series for $G$ is a factor of either:

the composition series for $H$

or:

the composition series for $G / H$.

The result follows.

$\blacksquare$


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