A quotient group or factor group is a mathematical

integer
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s $\backslash Z$ (under addition) and the subgroup $2\backslash Z$ consisting of all even integers. This is a normal subgroup, because $\backslash Z$ is abelian. There are only two cosets: the set of even integers and the set of odd integers, and therefore the quotient group $\backslash Z\backslash ,/\backslash ,2\backslash Z$ is the cyclic group with two elements. This quotient group is isomorphic with the set $\backslash left\backslash $ with addition modulo 2; informally, it is sometimes said that $\backslash Z\backslash ,/\backslash ,2\backslash Z$ ''equals'' the set $\backslash left\backslash $ with addition modulo 2.
Example further explained...
: Let $\backslash gamma(m)$ be the remainders of $m\; \backslash in\; \backslash Z$ when dividing by $2$. Then, $\backslash gamma(m)=0$ when $m$ is even and $\backslash gamma(m)=1$ when $m$ is odd.
: By definition of $\backslash gamma$, the kernel of $\backslash gamma$, $\backslash ker(\backslash gamma)$ $=\; \backslash $, is the set of all even integers.
: Let $H=$ $\backslash ker(\backslash gamma)$. Then, $H$ is a subgroup, because the identity in $\backslash Z$, which is $0$, is in $H$, the sum of two even integers is even and hence if $m$ and $n$ are in $H$, $m+n$ is in $H$ (closure) and if $m$ is even, $-m$ is also even and so $H$ contains its inverses.
: Define $\backslash mu\; :$$\backslash to\; \backslash Z\_2$ as $\backslash mu(aH)=\backslash gamma(a)$ for $a\backslash in\backslash Z$ and is the quotient group of left cosets; $=\backslash $.
: Note that we have defined $\backslash mu$, $\backslash mu(aH)$ is $1$ if $a$ is odd and $0$ if $a$ is even.
: Thus, $\backslash mu$ is an isomorphism from to $\backslash Z\_2$.

group
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obtained by aggregating similar elements of a larger group using an equivalence relation
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Each equivalence relation ...

that preserves some of the group structure (the rest of the structure is "factored" out). For example, the cyclic group
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of addition modulo ''n'' can be obtained from the group of integer
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s under addition by identifying elements that differ by a multiple of $n$ and defining a group structure that operates on each such class (known as a congruence class
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) as a single entity. It is part of the mathematical field known as group theory
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.
For a congruence relation
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on a group, the equivalence class
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of the identity element
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is always a normal subgroup of the original group, and the other equivalence classes are precisely the coset
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s of that normal subgroup. The resulting quotient is written $G\backslash ,/\backslash ,N$, where $G$ is the original group and $N$ is the normal subgroup. (This is pronounced $G\backslash bmod\; N$, where $\backslash mbox$ is short for modulo.)
Much of the importance of quotient groups is derived from their relation to homomorphisms. The first isomorphism theorem
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states that the image
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of any group ''G'' under a homomorphism is always isomorphic
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to a quotient of $G$. Specifically, the image of $G$ under a homomorphism $\backslash varphi:\; G\; \backslash rightarrow\; H$ is isomorphic to $G\backslash ,/\backslash ,\backslash ker(\backslash varphi)$ where $\backslash ker(\backslash varphi)$ denotes the kernel
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of $\backslash varphi$.
The dual notion of a quotient group is a subgroup
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, these being the two primary ways of forming a smaller group from a larger one. Any normal subgroup has a corresponding quotient group, formed from the larger group by eliminating the distinction between elements of the subgroup. In category theory, quotient groups are examples of quotient objects, which are dual to subobjects.
Definition and illustration

Given agroup
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$G$ and a subgroup $H$, and an element $a\; \backslash in\; G$, one can consider the corresponding left coset
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: $aH\; :=\; \backslash left\backslash $. Cosets are a natural class of subsets of a group; for example consider the abelian group
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''G'' of integer
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s, with operation
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defined by the usual addition, and the subgroup $H$ of even integers. Then there are exactly two cosets: $0+H$, which are the even integers, and $1+H$, which are the odd integers (here we are using additive notation for the binary operation instead of multiplicative notation).
For a general subgroup ''$H$'', it is desirable to define a compatible group operation on the set of all possible cosets, $\backslash left\backslash $. This is possible exactly when ''$H$'' is a normal subgroup, see below. A subgroup $N$ of a group ''$G$'' is normal if and only if
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the coset equality $aN\; =\; Na$ holds for all $a\; \backslash in\; G$. A normal subgroup of ''$G$'' is denoted $N$.
Definition

Let ''$N$'' be a normal subgroup of a group ''$G$'' . Define the set $G\backslash ,/\backslash ,N$ to be the set of all left cosets of ''$N$'' in ''$G$'' . That is, $G\backslash ,/\backslash ,N\; =\; \backslash left\backslash $. Since the identity element $e\; \backslash in\; N$, $a\; \backslash in\; aN$. Define a binary operation on the set of cosets, $G\backslash ,/\backslash ,N$, as follows. For each $aN$ and $bN$ in $G\backslash ,/\backslash ,N$, the product of $aN$ and $bN$, $(aN)(bN)$, is $(ab)N$. This works only because $(ab)N$ does not depend on the choice of the representatives, $a$ and $b$, of each left coset, $aN$ and $bN$. To prove this, suppose $xN\; =\; aN$ and $yN\; =\; bN$ for some $x,\; y,\; a,\; b\; \backslash in\; G$. Then :$(ab)N\; =\; a(bN)\; =\; a(yN)\; =\; a(Ny)\; =\; (aN)y\; =\; (xN)y\; =\; x(Ny)\; =\; x(yN)\; =\; (xy)N$. This depends on the fact that ''N'' is a normal subgroup. It still remains to be shown that this condition is not only sufficient but necessary to define the operation on ''G''/''N''. To show that it is necessary, consider that for a subgroup ''$N$'' of ''$G$'', we have been given that the operation is well defined. That is, for all $xN\; =\; aN$ and $yN\; =\; bN$'','' for $x,\; y,\; a,\; b\; \backslash in\; G,\; \backslash ;\; (ab)N\; =\; (xy)N$. Let $n\; \backslash in\; N$ and $g\; \backslash in\; G$. Since $eN\; =\; nN$'','' we have $gN\; =\; (eg)N\; =\; (eN)(gN)\; =\; (nN)(gN)\; =\; (ng)N$. Now, $gN\; =\; (ng)N\; \backslash Leftrightarrow\; N\; =\; (g^ng)N\; \backslash Leftrightarrow\; g^ng\; \backslash in\; N,\; \backslash ;\; \backslash forall\; \backslash ,\; n\; \backslash in\; N$ and $g\; \backslash in\; G$. Hence ''$N$'' is a normal subgroup of ''$G$'' . It can also be checked that this operation on $G\backslash ,/\backslash ,N$ is always associative, $G\backslash ,/\backslash ,N$ has identity element ''$N$'', and the inverse of element $aN$ can always be represented by $a^N$. Therefore, the set $G\backslash ,/\backslash ,N$ together with the operation defined by $(aN)(bN)\; =\; (ab)N$ forms a group, the quotient group of ''$G$'' by ''$N$''. Due to the normality of ''$N$'', the left cosets and right cosets of ''$N$'' in ''$G$'' are the same, and so, $G\backslash ,/\backslash ,N$ could have been defined to be the set of right cosets of ''$N$'' in ''$G$'' .Example: Addition modulo 6

For example, consider the group with addition modulo 6: $G\; =\; \backslash left\backslash $. Consider the subgroup ''$N\; =\; \backslash left\backslash $'', which is normal because ''$G$'' is abelian. Then the set of (left) cosets is of size three: : $G\backslash ,/\backslash ,N\; =\; \backslash left\backslash \; =\; \backslash left\backslash \; =\; \backslash left\backslash $. The binary operation defined above makes this set into a group, known as the quotient group, which in this case is isomorphic to thecyclic group
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of order 3.
Motivation for the name "quotient"

The reason $G\backslash ,/\backslash ,N$ is called a quotient group comes fromdivision
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of integer
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s. When dividing 12 by 3 one obtains the answer 4 because one can regroup 12 objects into 4 subcollections of 3 objects. The quotient group is the same idea, although we end up with a group for a final answer instead of a number because groups have more structure than an arbitrary collection of objects.
To elaborate, when looking at $G\backslash ,/\backslash ,N$ with ''$N$'' a normal subgroup of ''$G$'', the group structure is used to form a natural "regrouping". These are the cosets of ''$N$'' in ''$G$''. Because we started with a group and normal subgroup, the final quotient contains more information than just the number of cosets (which is what regular division yields), but instead has a group structure itself.
Examples

Even and odd integers

Consider the group ofRemainders of integer division

A slight generalization of the last example. Once again consider the group of integers $\backslash Z$ under addition. Let ''n'' be any positive integer. We will consider the subgroup $n\backslash Z$ of $\backslash Z$ consisting of all multiples of ''$n$''. Once again $n\backslash Z$ is normal in $\backslash Z$ because $\backslash Z$ is abelian. The cosets are the collection $\backslash left\backslash $. An integer ''$k$'' belongs to the coset $r+n\backslash Z$, where ''$r$'' is the remainder when dividing ''$k$'' by ''$n$''. The quotient $\backslash Z\backslash ,/\backslash ,n\backslash Z$ can be thought of as the group of "remainders" modulo $n$. This is acyclic group
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of order ''$n$''.
Complex integer roots of 1

The twelfthroots of unity
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, which are points on the complex
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unit circle
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, form a multiplicative abelian group ''$G$'', shown on the picture on the right as colored balls with the number at each point giving its complex argument. Consider its subgroup ''$N$'' made of the fourth roots of unity, shown as red balls. This normal subgroup splits the group into three cosets, shown in red, green and blue. One can check that the cosets form a group of three elements (the product of a red element with a blue element is blue, the inverse of a blue element is green, etc.). Thus, the quotient group ''$G\backslash ,/\backslash ,N$'' is the group of three colors, which turns out to be the cyclic group with three elements.
The real numbers modulo the integers

Consider the group ofreal number
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s $\backslash R$ under addition, and the subgroup $\backslash Z$ of integers. Each coset of $\backslash Z$ in $\backslash R$ is a set of the form $a+\backslash Z$, where ''$a$'' is a real number. Since $a\_1+\backslash Z$ and $a\_2+\backslash Z$ are identical sets when the non-integer part
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s of ''$a\_1$'' and ''$a\_2$'' are equal, one may impose the restriction $0\; \backslash leq\; a\; <\; 1$ without change of meaning. Adding such cosets is done by adding the corresponding real numbers, and subtracting 1 if the result is greater than or equal to 1. The quotient group $\backslash R\backslash ,/\backslash ,\backslash Z$ is isomorphic to the circle group, the group of complex number
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s of absolute value
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1 under multiplication, or correspondingly, the group of rotation
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s in 2D about the origin, that is, the special orthogonal group
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$\backslash mbox(2)$. An isomorphism is given by $f(a+\backslash Z)\; =\; \backslash exp(2\backslash pi\; ia)$ (see Euler's identity
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e^ + 1 = 0
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: is Euler's number, the base of natural logarithms,
: is the imaginary unit, which by definition satisfies , and
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).
Matrices of real numbers

If ''$G$'' is the group of invertible $3\; \backslash times\; 3$ realmatrices
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, and ''$N$'' is the subgroup of $3\; \backslash times\; 3$ real matrices with determinant
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1, then ''$N$'' is normal in ''$G$'' (since it is the kernel
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of the determinant homomorphism
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). The cosets of ''$N$'' are the sets of matrices with a given determinant, and hence ''$G\backslash ,/\backslash ,N$'' is isomorphic to the multiplicative group of non-zero real numbers. The group ''$N$'' is known as the special linear group
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$\backslash mbox(3)$.
Integer modular arithmetic

Consider the abelian group $\backslash Z\_4\; =\; \backslash Z\backslash ,/\backslash ,4\; \backslash Z$ (that is, the set $\backslash left\backslash $ with addition modulo 4), and its subgroup $\backslash left\backslash $. The quotient group $\backslash Z\_4\backslash ,/\backslash ,\backslash left\backslash $ is $\backslash left\backslash $. This is a group with identity element $\backslash left\backslash $, and group operations such as $\backslash left\backslash \; +\; \backslash left\backslash \; =\; \backslash left\backslash $. Both the subgroup $\backslash left\backslash $ and the quotient group $\backslash left\backslash $ are isomorphic with $\backslash Z\_2$.Integer multiplication

Consider the multiplicative group $G=(\backslash Z\_)^$. The set ''$N$'' of $n$th residues is a multiplicative subgroup isomorphic to $(\backslash Z\_)^$. Then ''$N$'' is normal in ''$G$'' and the factor group ''$G\backslash ,/\backslash ,N$'' has the cosets $N,\; (1+n)N,\; (1+n)2N,\; \backslash ;\backslash ldots,\; (1+n)n-1N$. ThePaillier cryptosystem
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is based on the conjecture
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that it is difficult to determine the coset of a random element of ''$G$'' without knowing the factorization of ''$n$''.
Properties

The quotient group $G\backslash ,/\backslash ,G$ isisomorphic
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to the trivial group
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(the group with one element), and $G\backslash ,/\backslash ,\backslash left\backslash $ is isomorphic to ''$G$''.
The order of ''$G\backslash ,/\backslash ,N$'', by definition the number of elements, is equal to $\backslash vert\; G\; :\; N\; \backslash vert$, the index
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of ''$N$'' in ''$G$''. If ''$G$'' is finite, the index is also equal to the order of ''$G$'' divided by the order of ''$N$''. The set ''$G\backslash ,/\backslash ,N$'' may be finite, although both ''$G$'' and ''$N$'' are infinite (for example, $\backslash Z\backslash ,/\backslash ,2\backslash Z$).
There is a "natural" surjective
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group homomorphism
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: h(u*v) = h(u) \cdot h(v)
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$\backslash pi:\; G\; \backslash rightarrow\; G\backslash ,/\backslash ,N$, sending each element $g$ of ''$G$'' to the coset of ''$N$'' to which ''$g$'' belongs, that is: $\backslash pi(g)\; =\; gN$. The mapping $\backslash pi$ is sometimes called the ''canonical projection of $G$ onto $G\backslash ,/\backslash ,N$''. Its kernel
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is ''$N$''.
There is a bijective correspondence between the subgroups of ''$G$'' that contain ''$N$'' and the subgroups of ''$G\backslash ,/\backslash ,N$''; if $H$ is a subgroup of ''$G$'' containing ''$N$'', then the corresponding subgroup of ''$G\backslash ,/\backslash ,N$'' is $\backslash pi(H)$. This correspondence holds for normal subgroups of ''$G$'' and ''$G\backslash ,/\backslash ,N$'' as well, and is formalized in the lattice theorem In group theory, the correspondence theorem
(also the lattice theorem,W.R. Scott: ''Group Theory'', Prentice Hall, 1964, p. 27. and variously and ambiguously the third and fourth isomorphism theorem
) states that if N is a normal subgroup of ...

.
Several important properties of quotient groups are recorded in the fundamental theorem on homomorphisms
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and the isomorphism theorem
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s.
If ''$G$'' is abelian, nilpotent
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, solvable, cyclic
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or finitely generated, then so is ''$G\backslash ,/\backslash ,N$''.
If ''$H$'' is a subgroup in a finite group ''$G$'', and the order of ''$H$'' is one half of the order of ''$G$'', then ''$H$'' is guaranteed to be a normal subgroup, so ''$G\backslash ,/\backslash ,H$'' exists and is isomorphic to $C\_2$. This result can also be stated as "any subgroup of index 2 is normal", and in this form it applies also to infinite groups. Furthermore, if $p$ is the smallest prime number dividing the order of a finite group, ''$G$'', then if ''$G\backslash ,/\backslash ,H$'' has order ''$p$'', ''$H$'' must be a normal subgroup of ''$G$''.
Given ''$G$'' and a normal subgroup ''$N$'', then ''$G$'' is a group extension
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:1\to N\;\ove ...

of ''$G\backslash ,/\backslash ,N$'' by ''$N$''. One could ask whether this extension is trivial or split; in other words, one could ask whether ''$G$'' is a direct product or semidirect product of ''$N$'' and ''$G\backslash ,/\backslash ,N$''. This is a special case of the extension problem
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:1\to N\;\overs ...

. An example where the extension is not split is as follows: Let $G\; =\; \backslash Z\_4\; =\; \backslash left\backslash $, and $N\; =\; \backslash left\backslash $, which is isomorphic to $\backslash Z\_2$. Then ''$G\backslash ,/\backslash ,N$'' is also isomorphic to $\backslash Z\_2$. But $\backslash Z\_2$ has only the trivial automorphism, so the only semi-direct product of ''$N$'' and ''$G\backslash ,/\backslash ,N$'' is the direct product. Since $\backslash Z\_4$ is different from $\backslash Z\_2\; \backslash times\; \backslash Z\_2$, we conclude that ''$G$'' is not a semi-direct product of ''$N$'' and ''$G\backslash ,/\backslash ,N$''.
Quotients of Lie groups

If ''$G$'' is aLie group
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and ''$N$'' is a normal and closed (in the topological rather than the algebraic sense of the word) Lie subgroup
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of ''$G$'', the quotient is also a Lie group. In this case, the original group ''$G$'' has the structure of a fiber bundle
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(specifically, a principal ''$N$''-bundle), with base space and fiber ''$N$''. The dimension of equals $\backslash dim\; G\; -\; \backslash dim\; N$.John M. Lee, Introduction to Smooth Manifolds, Second Edition, theorem 21.17
Note that the condition that ''$N$'' is closed is necessary. Indeed, if ''$N$'' is not closed then the quotient space is not a T1-space
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(since there is a coset in the quotient which cannot be separated from the identity by an open set), and thus not a Hausdorff space
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.
For a non-normal Lie subgroup ''$N$'', the space $G\backslash ,/\backslash ,N$ of left cosets is not a group, but simply a differentiable manifold
In mathematics, a differentiable manifold (also differential manifold) is a type of manifold that is locally similar enough to a vector space to allow one to apply calculus. Any manifold can be described by a collection of charts (atlas). One ma ...

on which ''$G$'' acts. The result is known as a homogeneous space.
See also

*Group extension
In mathematics, a group extension is a general means of describing a group in terms of a particular normal subgroup and quotient group. If Q and N are two groups, then G is an extension of Q by N if there is a short exact sequence
:1\to N\;\ove ...

*Quotient category
In mathematics, a quotient category is a category obtained from another one by identifying sets of morphisms. Formally, it is a quotient object in the category of (locally small) categories, analogous to a quotient group or quotient space, bu ...

*Short exact sequence
An exact sequence is a sequence of morphisms between objects (for example, groups, rings, modules, and, more generally, objects of an abelian category) such that the image of one morphism equals the kernel of the next.
Definition
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Notes

References

* * {{citation , last1=Herstein , first1=I. N. , year=1975 , title=Topics in Algebra , edition=2nd , publisher=Wiley
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