# Questions tagged [solvable-groups]

A solvable group is a group whose derived series terminates in the trivial subgroup.

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### Is the continued fraction of a constructible number special in some way?

Rationals have finite CF and quadratic have periodic CF. CF in turn can be represented in terms of the modular group SL2(Z), e.g. using the standard generators S(z)=-1/z and T(z)=z+1. On the other ...
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### A different approach to proving a property of finite solvable groups

Edit: I'd be happy to hear any vague thoughts you might have, however far they may be from a complete solution! I asked this on math.stackexchange a couple of days ago, but it didn't attract any ...
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### Is the infinite product of solvable groups amenable?

I am interested in the amenability properties of infinite products of solvable groups. The following facts are well-known: Any solvable group is amenable. The class of solvable groups is closed under ...
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### Is solvability semi-decidable?

Let $G = \langle A \mid R \rangle$ be a finitely presented group, given by a finite presentation. If $G$ is abelian, then we can verify this fact: simply verify the fact that $[a, b] = 1$ for all ...
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### Splitting of a finite group with no abelian subfactor in composition series

Let $G$ be a finite group with no abelian subfactor in its composition series. Is $G$ obtained from simple groups by iterating semidirect products? (Initially it was asked whether $G$ is a direct ...
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### Derived length in linear groups

If $G$ is a group let $(G^{(m)})_{m \geq 0}$ be the derived series. If there is some $m$ such that $G^{(m+1)} = G^{(m)}$, call the smallest such $m$ the derived length of $G$. I am interested in ...
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### Is there always a purely real representative for a metrized solvable Lie group?

Alekseevski proves for Heintze groups (a special class of solvable Lie groups) that any such group admits a (left-invariant) metric which is isometric to a purely real Heintze group (again equipped ...
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### Does the sequence (Number of groups of even order $\le n$) / (Number of groups of order $\leq n$) converge? If not, what are its cluster points?

I recently gave an undergraduate course on group theory (which is not entirely my field of expertise, so the following questions might have a well-known answer of which I am simply unaware). As I was ...
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### Is every connected solvable group Borel?

Is every connected solvable algebraic group a Borel subgroup of a reductive group? If a counterexample exists, I would ideally like it to be over $\Bbb C$.
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### Centre of solvable locally nilpotent groups

This question is motivated by two examples of locally nilpotent groups which I came across (see below). Question: Given an infinite solvable and locally nilpotent group $G$, does $G$ have an infinite ...
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### Subgroups of infinite solvable groups

I'm looking for results of the form "every infinite solvable group contains <...> as a subgroup". Specifically, I believe: If $G$ is infinite solvable, finitely generated and not ...
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### Infinite pro-$p$ group of finite solvable length and finite coclass

I was reading about infinite pro-$p$ groups of finite coclass from the book "The Structure of Groups of Prime Power Order" by Leedham-Green and McKay. I asked this question in math....
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### Abundancy index and non-solvable finite groups

Let $\sigma$ be the sum-of-divisors function. A number $n$ is called abundant if $\sigma(n)>2n$. Note that the natural density of the abundant numbers is about $25 \%$. The abundancy index of $n$ ...
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### Does $\chi(1)^2=|G:Z(G)|$ for irreducible character of a finite group $G$ imply $G$ is solvable?

In "Character Theory of Finite Groups" I.M. Isaacs mention the following conjecture: It is only possible in a solvable group $G$ to have $\chi(1)^2=|G:Z(G)|$ with $\chi \in$ Irr$(G)$. Is this ...
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### Which finite solvable groups have solvable automorphism groups?

Is it possible to give a reasonable description of those finite solvable groups $G$ such that $A = {\rm Aut}(G)$ is also solvable? The central case to deal with is that in which $G$ is a $p$-group of ...
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### Does $\mathbb{Q}$ embed into a finitely generated solvable group?

Does $\mathbb{Q}$ embed into a finitely generated solvable group? I've checked that $\mathbb{Q}$ is not a subgroup of any finitely generated metabelian group. I don't know how to show this (or ...
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### Any way around Abel's impossibility theorem?

Abel's impossibility theorem states that the roots of a general polynomial (of degree 5 or higher) cannot be written using arithmetic operations and radicals. Radicals are solutions of a specific ...
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### Abelian-by-cyclic subgroups of exponential growth solvable groups

I am currently looking for a reference to a proof (or counterexample) to the following statement: Statement: Assume $G$ is a finitely generated solvable group of exponential growth, then there is a ...
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### Questions about a finite solvable group

These questions are by Moshe Newman Let $G$ be a finite solvable group of derived length $d$, with the property that every proper subgroup and every proper quotient of $G$ has derived length less ...
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### Commutator length in connected solvable Lie groups

Let $G$ be a connected solvable Lie group and let $H$ denote ist commutator subgroup. By definition, every element $g \in H$ can be written as a product of commutators and the minimal number of ...
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### Solvable Lie algebra application

I am starting to study Lie algebras and when I reached the notion of solvable Lie algebra, I tryed to find concrete applications ( in physics for exemple) and I couldn't find one. For exemple, ...
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### Bounding the derived length of a solvable group given the degrees of the irreducible monomial characters

Much is known about the derived length of a solvable group given the degrees and cardinality of the set of degrees of the irreducible characters. Martin Isaacs and Donald Passman pretty much started ...
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### Irreducible characters of a semi-direct product with a p-group

Suppose G is a semi-direct product of P with H where P is a (non-abelian) p-group and G is solvable. I wonder what can be said about the irreducible characters of G given information about the ...
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### Conditions for a solvable group to have a non-trivial center

I am working on a problem in character theory where I try to bound the derived length of a solvable group using information about its characters. In my specific case, it will be extremely helpful for ...
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### Portability of Thompson theorem about solvability to Moufang loops

Say we have a finite Moufang Loop $Q$, $|Q|<\infty$. There is a theorem proved by Thompson that states: Group $G$, $|G|<\infty$ is solvable $\iff$ $\forall a, b \in G \langle a, b\rangle$ is ...
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### Does the group G(K) have a cocompact solvable closed subgroup?

Let $K$ be a (locally compact) local field and $G$ be a linear algebraic $K$-group. Does the topological group $G(K)$ have a cocompact solvable closed subgroup? If $\mathrm{char}(K)=0$, it is true ...
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### Are all sneaky groups products of Frobenius and 2-Frobenius groups?

I've been stuck thinking about this for a while. Def. Let $G$ be a finite solvable group whose order is divisible by only three primes: $p,q,$ and $r$. Suppose that $G$ has cyclic subgroups of ...
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### Is there any probabilistic characterization for generalized solvable groups?

References: This question is inspired by a conjecture of Alon Amit that is solved by Miklós Abért, Nikolay Nikolov and Dan Segal in the following papers: (1) On the probability of satisfying a word in ... 968 views

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### Schreier's formula and supersolvable groups

A finitely generated profinite group $G$ is said to satisfy Schreier's formula if for every open subgroup $L \leq_o G$ we have $d(L) = (d(G)-1)[G:L] + 1$. Here $d$ stands for the smallest cardinality ...
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### Lucido's three prime lemma

Let G be a finite solvable group. If p,q,r are distinct primes dividing |G|, then G contains an element of order the product of two of these three primes. This is lucido's three prime lemma. I ...
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### Generators of Sylow subgroups

Is there a function $f : \mathbb{N} \rightarrow \mathbb{N}$ such that for each finite supersolvable group $G$, and a Sylow subgroup $S \leq G$ we have $d(S) \leq f(d(G))$? Here $d(H)$ denotes the ...
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### Number of generators of the commutator

Can one find a function $f : \mathbb{N} \rightarrow \mathbb{N}$ such that for every finite supersolvable group $G$ we have: $d(G') \leq f(d(G))$? Here $d(K)$ is the cardinality of a minimal set of ...
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