Hw9 Problem 8

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Problem 8

(*) Up to isomorphism, how many Abelian groups of order $16$ have the property that $x + x + x + x = 0$ for all $x$ in the group?


The given property requires all elements of the group to have order $1$, $2$, or $4$ so that $x + x + x + x = 0$. Then using the Fundamental Theorem of Finite Abelian Groups, the three possibilities we have are

\begin{align} \mathbb{Z}_2 \times \mathbb{Z}_2 \times \mathbb{Z}_2 \times \mathbb{Z}_2, \end{align}
\begin{align} \mathbb{Z}_4 \times \mathbb{Z}_2 \times \mathbb{Z}_2, \end{align}


\begin{align} \mathbb{Z}_4 \times \mathbb{Z}_4. \end{align}
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