
#1
March 14th, 2016,
09:55
Could someone please explain how they're getting the answers in the table, for example $g = (123)$.

March 14th, 2016 09:55
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#2
March 14th, 2016,
10:16
$$(123)(1)$$
$(123)$ represents the function that maps $1$ to $2$, $2$ to $3$ and $3$ to $1$.
$(1)$ represents the identity function, i.e. the function that maps $1$ to $1$, $2$ to $2$ and $3$ to $3$.
So to compute $(123)(1)$ we do the following:
From the right cycle we have that $1$ is mapped to $1$, and at the first cycle $1$ is mapped to $2$, therefore we get that $1$ is mapped to $2$.
From the right cycle we have that $2$ is mapped to $2$, and at the first cycle $2$ is mapped to $3$, therefore we get that $2$ is mapped to $3$.
From the right cycle we have that $3$ is mapped to $3$, and at the first cycle $3$ is mapped to $1$, therefore we get that $3$ is mapped to $1$.
So, we get $(123)(1)=(123)$.
$$(123)(12)$$
$(123)$ represents the function that maps $1$ to $2$, $2$ to $3$ and $3$ to $1$.
$(12)$ represents the function that maps $1$ to $2$, $2$ to $1$ and $3$ to $3$.
So to compute $(123)(12)$ we do the following:
From the right cycle we have that $1$ is mapped to $2$, and at the first cycle $2$ is mapped to $3$, therefore we get that $1$ is mapped to $3$.
From the right cycle we have that $2$ is mapped to $1$, and at the first cycle $1$ is mapped to $2$, therefore we get that $2$ is mapped to $2$.
From the right cycle we have that $3$ is mapped to $3$, and at the first cycle $3$ is mapped to $1$, therefore we get that $3$ is mapped to $1$.
So, we get $(123)(12)=(13)$.

#3
March 14th, 2016,
11:15
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Originally Posted by
mathmari
$$(123)(1)$$
$(123)$ represents the function that maps $1$ to $2$, $2$ to $3$ and $3$ to $1$.
$(1)$ represents the identity function, i.e. the function that maps $1$ to $1$, $2$ to $2$ and $3$ to $3$.
So to compute $(123)(1)$ we do the following:
From the right cycle we have that $1$ is mapped to $1$, and at the first cycle $1$ is mapped to $2$, therefore we get that $1$ is mapped to $2$.
From the right cycle we have that $2$ is mapped to $2$, and at the first cycle $2$ is mapped to $3$, therefore we get that $2$ is mapped to $3$.
From the right cycle we have that $3$ is mapped to $3$, and at the first cycle $3$ is mapped to $1$, therefore we get that $3$ is mapped to $1$.
So, we get $(123)(1)=(123)$.
$$(123)(12)$$
$(123)$ represents the function that maps $1$ to $2$, $2$ to $3$ and $3$ to $1$.
$(12)$ represents the function that maps $1$ to $2$, $2$ to $1$ and $3$ to $3$.
So to compute $(123)(12)$ we do the following:
From the right cycle we have that $1$ is mapped to $2$, and at the first cycle $2$ is mapped to $3$, therefore we get that $1$ is mapped to $3$.
From the right cycle we have that $2$ is mapped to $1$, and at the first cycle $1$ is mapped to $2$, therefore we get that $2$ is mapped to $2$.
From the right cycle we have that $3$ is mapped to $3$, and at the first cycle $3$ is mapped to $1$, therefore we get that $3$ is mapped to $1$.
So, we get $(123)(12)=(13)$.
Wonderful explanations, thanks!

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#4
March 14th, 2016,
19:11
Originally Posted by
mathmari
$$(123)(1)$$
$(123)$ represents the function that maps $1$ to $2$, $2$ to $3$ and $3$ to $1$.
$(1)$ represents the identity function, i.e. the function that maps $1$ to $1$, $2$ to $2$ and $3$ to $3$.
So to compute $(123)(1)$ we do the following:
From the right cycle we have that $1$ is mapped to $1$, and at the first cycle $1$ is mapped to $2$, therefore we get that $1$ is mapped to $2$.
From the right cycle we have that $2$ is mapped to $2$, and at the first cycle $2$ is mapped to $3$, therefore we get that $2$ is mapped to $3$.
From the right cycle we have that $3$ is mapped to $3$, and at the first cycle $3$ is mapped to $1$, therefore we get that $3$ is mapped to $1$.
So, we get $(123)(1)=(123)$.
$$(123)(12)$$
$(123)$ represents the function that maps $1$ to $2$, $2$ to $3$ and $3$ to $1$.
$(12)$ represents the function that maps $1$ to $2$, $2$ to $1$ and $3$ to $3$.
So to compute $(123)(12)$ we do the following:
From the right cycle we have that $1$ is mapped to $2$, and at the first cycle $2$ is mapped to $3$, therefore we get that $1$ is mapped to $3$.
From the right cycle we have that $2$ is mapped to $1$, and at the first cycle $1$ is mapped to $2$, therefore we get that $2$ is mapped to $2$.
From the right cycle we have that $3$ is mapped to $3$, and at the first cycle $3$ is mapped to $1$, therefore we get that $3$ is mapped to $1$.
So, we get $(123)(12)=(13)$.
Spoken like a pro.