# Indicator is Well-Defined

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## Theorem

Let $G$ be a finite group, and $a \in G$.

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

Then the indicator of $a$ in $H$ is well defined.

## Proof

If $a \in H$, then for $n = 1$, $a^n \in H$.

Suppose that $a \notin H$. By Identity of Subgroup, we have that the identity $e$ of $G$ is in $H$.

Moreover, by Element of Finite Group is of Finite Order, there is $n \in \N$ such that $a^n = e \in H$.

Therefore, for any $g \in G$, there is *some* $n \in \N$ such that $a^n \in H$.

That is, the set of positive integers $n$ such that $a^n \in H$ is non-empty.

So by the Well-Ordering Principle, this set has a least element, and the indicator is well defined.

$\blacksquare$