Jordan's theorem (symmetric group)

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Jordan's theorem is a statement in finite group theory. It states that if a primitive permutation group G is a subgroup of the symmetric group Sn and contains a p-cycle for some prime number p < n − 2, then G is either the whole symmetric group Sn or the alternating group An.

The statement can be generalized to the case that p is a prime power.


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  • Neuman, Peter M. (1975), "Primitive permutation groups containing a cycle of prime power length", Bulletin of the London Mathematical Society, 7 (3): 298–299, doi:10.1112/blms/7.3.298

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