Factor group

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Groupe facteur (Fr).; Faktorgruppe (Ge). Grupo cociente (Sp). Gruppo fattore (It). 因子群 (商群、剰余群) (Ja).


Let N be a normal subgroup of a group G. The factor group or quotient group or residue class group G/N is the set of all left cosets of N in G, i.e.:

[math]G/N = \{ aN : a \isin G \}.[/math]

For each aN and bN in G/N, the product of aN and bN is (aN)(bN), which is still a left coset. In fact, because N is normal:

(aN)(bN) = a(Nb)N = a(bN)N = (ab)NN = (ab)N.

The inverse of an element aN of G/N is a-1N.


The factor group G/T of a space group G and its translation subgroup is isomorphic to the point group P of G.

See also

  • Section 1.1.5 in the International Tables of Crystallography, Volume A, 6th edition