Unformatted text preview: G which is also a group w.r.t. the same operation. A conjugacy class is the maximum collection of conjugated elements. Each group can be split up in conjugacy classes. Some theorems: • All classes are completely disjoint. • E is a class itself: for each other element in this class would hold: A = XEX-1 = E . • E is the only class which is also a subgroup because all other classes have no unit element. • In an Abelian group each element is a separate class. The physical interpretation of classes: elements of a group are usually symmetry operations which map a symmetrical object into itself. Elements of one class are then the same kind of operations. The opposite need not to be true....
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- Spring '10
- Group Theory, Group isomorphism, unit element, conjugated elements