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Mathematics
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Mathematics is the study of topics such as quantity, structure, space, and change. There is a range of views among mathematicians and philosophers as to the exact scope, Mathematicians seek out patterns and use them to formulate new conjectures. Mathematicians resolve the truth or falsity of conjectures by mathematical proof, when mathematical structures are good models of real phenomena, then mathematical reasoning can provide insight or predictions about nature. Through the use of abstraction and logic, mathematics developed from counting, calculation, measurement, practical mathematics has been a human activity from as far back as written records exist. The research required to solve mathematical problems can take years or even centuries of sustained inquiry, rigorous arguments first appeared in Greek mathematics, most notably in Euclids Elements. Galileo Galilei said, The universe cannot be read until we have learned the language and it is written in mathematical language, and the letters are triangles, circles and other geometrical figures, without which means it is humanly impossible to comprehend a single word. Without these, one is wandering about in a dark labyrinth, carl Friedrich Gauss referred to mathematics as the Queen of the Sciences. Benjamin Peirce called mathematics the science that draws necessary conclusions, David Hilbert said of mathematics, We are not speaking here of arbitrariness in any sense. Mathematics is not like a game whose tasks are determined by arbitrarily stipulated rules, rather, it is a conceptual system possessing internal necessity that can only be so and by no means otherwise. Albert Einstein stated that as far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain, Mathematics is essential in many fields, including natural science, engineering, medicine, finance and the social sciences. Applied mathematics has led to entirely new mathematical disciplines, such as statistics, Mathematicians also engage in pure mathematics, or mathematics for its own sake, without having any application in mind. There is no clear line separating pure and applied mathematics, the history of mathematics can be seen as an ever-increasing series of abstractions. The earliest uses of mathematics were in trading, land measurement, painting and weaving patterns, in Babylonian mathematics elementary arithmetic first appears in the archaeological record. Numeracy pre-dated writing and numeral systems have many and diverse. Between 600 and 300 BC the Ancient Greeks began a study of mathematics in its own right with Greek mathematics. Mathematics has since been extended, and there has been a fruitful interaction between mathematics and science, to the benefit of both. Mathematical discoveries continue to be made today, the overwhelming majority of works in this ocean contain new mathematical theorems and their proofs. The word máthēma is derived from μανθάνω, while the modern Greek equivalent is μαθαίνω, in Greece, the word for mathematics came to have the narrower and more technical meaning mathematical study even in Classical times
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Dihedral symmetry in three dimensions
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In geometry, dihedral symmetry in three dimensions is one of three infinite sequences of point groups in three dimensions which have a symmetry group that as abstract group is a dihedral group Dihn. There are 3 types of symmetry in three dimensions, each shown below in 3 notation, Schönflies notation, Coxeter notation. For n = ∞ they correspond to three frieze groups, Schönflies notation is used, with Coxeter notation in brackets, and orbifold notation in parentheses. The term horizontal is used with respect to an axis of rotation. In 2D the symmetry group Dn includes reflections in lines, in 3D the two operations are distinguished, the group Dn contains rotations only, not reflections. The other group is pyramidal symmetry Cnv of the same order, with reflection symmetry with respect to a plane perpendicular to the n-fold rotation axis we have Dnh. Dnd, has vertical mirror planes between the rotation axes, not through them. As a result the vertical axis is a 2n-fold rotoreflection axis, Dnh is the symmetry group for a regular n-sided prisms and also for a regular n-sided bipyramid. Dnd is the group for a regular n-sided antiprism. Dn is the group of a partially rotated prism. D2 +, of order 4 is one of the three symmetry group types with the Klein four-group as abstract group and it has three perpendicular 2-fold rotation axes. It is the group of a cuboid with an S written on two opposite faces, in the same orientation. D2h, of order 8 is the group of a cuboid D2d. For Dnh, order 4n Cnh, order 2n Cnv, order 2n Dn, +, order 2n For Dnd, order 4n S2n, order 2n Cnv, order 2n Dn, +, cS1 maint, Multiple names, authors list N. W. Johnson, Geometries and Transformations, Chapter 11, Finite symmetry groups Conway, John Horton, Huson, Daniel H
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Symmetry
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Symmetry in everyday language refers to a sense of harmonious and beautiful proportion and balance. In mathematics, symmetry has a precise definition, that an object is invariant to any of various transformations. Although these two meanings of symmetry can sometimes be told apart, they are related, so they are discussed together. The opposite of symmetry is asymmetry, a geometric shape or object is symmetric if it can be divided into two or more identical pieces that are arranged in an organized fashion. This means that an object is symmetric if there is a transformation that moves individual pieces of the object, an object has rotational symmetry if the object can be rotated about a fixed point without changing the overall shape. An object has symmetry if it can be translated without changing its overall shape. An object has symmetry if it can be simultaneously translated and rotated in three-dimensional space along a line known as a screw axis. An object has symmetry if it does not change shape when it is expanded or contracted. Fractals also exhibit a form of symmetry, where small portions of the fractal are similar in shape to large portions. Other symmetries include glide reflection symmetry and rotoreflection symmetry, a dyadic relation R is symmetric if and only if, whenever its true that Rab, its true that Rba. Thus, is the age as is symmetrical, for if Paul is the same age as Mary. Symmetric binary logical connectives are and, or, biconditional, nand, xor, the set of operations that preserve a given property of the object form a group. In general, every kind of structure in mathematics will have its own kind of symmetry, examples include even and odd functions in calculus, the symmetric group in abstract algebra, symmetric matrices in linear algebra, and the Galois group in Galois theory. In statistics, it appears as symmetric probability distributions, and as skewness, symmetry in physics has been generalized to mean invariance—that is, lack of change—under any kind of transformation, for example arbitrary coordinate transformations. This concept has one of the most powerful tools of theoretical physics. See Noethers theorem, and also, Wigners classification, which says that the symmetries of the laws of physics determine the properties of the found in nature. Important symmetries in physics include continuous symmetries and discrete symmetries of spacetime, internal symmetries of particles, in biology, the notion of symmetry is mostly used explicitly to describe body shapes. Bilateral animals, including humans, are more or less symmetric with respect to the plane which divides the body into left
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Pythagorean theorem
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In mathematics, the Pythagorean theorem, also known as Pythagorass theorem, is a fundamental relation in Euclidean geometry among the three sides of a right triangle. It states that the square of the hypotenuse is equal to the sum of the squares of the two sides. There is some evidence that Babylonian mathematicians understood the formula, although little of it indicates an application within a mathematical framework, Mesopotamian, Indian and Chinese mathematicians all discovered the theorem independently and, in some cases, provided proofs for special cases. The theorem has been given numerous proofs – possibly the most for any mathematical theorem and they are very diverse, including both geometric proofs and algebraic proofs, with some dating back thousands of years. The Pythagorean theorem was known long before Pythagoras, but he may well have been the first to prove it, in any event, the proof attributed to him is very simple, and is called a proof by rearrangement. The two large squares shown in the figure each contain four triangles, and the only difference between the two large squares is that the triangles are arranged differently. Therefore, the space within each of the two large squares must have equal area. Equating the area of the white space yields the Pythagorean theorem and that Pythagoras originated this very simple proof is sometimes inferred from the writings of the later Greek philosopher and mathematician Proclus. Several other proofs of this theorem are described below, but this is known as the Pythagorean one, If the length of both a and b are known, then c can be calculated as c = a 2 + b 2. If the length of the c and of one side are known. The Pythagorean equation relates the sides of a triangle in a simple way. Another corollary of the theorem is that in any triangle, the hypotenuse is greater than any one of the other sides. A generalization of this theorem is the law of cosines, which allows the computation of the length of any side of any triangle, If the angle between the other sides is a right angle, the law of cosines reduces to the Pythagorean equation. This theorem may have more known proofs than any other, the book The Pythagorean Proposition contains 370 proofs, Let ABC represent a right triangle, with the right angle located at C, as shown on the figure. Draw the altitude from point C, and call H its intersection with the side AB, point H divides the length of the hypotenuse c into parts d and e. By a similar reasoning, the triangle CBH is also similar to ABC, the proof of similarity of the triangles requires the triangle postulate, the sum of the angles in a triangle is two right angles, and is equivalent to the parallel postulate. Similarity of the leads to the equality of ratios of corresponding sides. The first result equates the cosines of the angles θ, whereas the second result equates their sines, the role of this proof in history is the subject of much speculation
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Tetrahedron
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In geometry, a tetrahedron, also known as a triangular pyramid, is a polyhedron composed of four triangular faces, six straight edges, and four vertex corners. The tetrahedron is the simplest of all the ordinary convex polyhedra, the tetrahedron is the three-dimensional case of the more general concept of a Euclidean simplex. The tetrahedron is one kind of pyramid, which is a polyhedron with a polygon base. In the case of a tetrahedron the base is a triangle, like all convex polyhedra, a tetrahedron can be folded from a single sheet of paper. For any tetrahedron there exists a sphere on which all four vertices lie, a regular tetrahedron is one in which all four faces are equilateral triangles. It is one of the five regular Platonic solids, which have known since antiquity. In a regular tetrahedron, not only are all its faces the same size and shape, regular tetrahedra alone do not tessellate, but if alternated with regular octahedra they form the alternated cubic honeycomb, which is a tessellation. The regular tetrahedron is self-dual, which means that its dual is another regular tetrahedron, the compound figure comprising two such dual tetrahedra form a stellated octahedron or stella octangula. This form has Coxeter diagram and Schläfli symbol h, the tetrahedron in this case has edge length 2√2. Inverting these coordinates generates the dual tetrahedron, and the together form the stellated octahedron. In other words, if C is the centroid of the base and this follows from the fact that the medians of a triangle intersect at its centroid, and this point divides each of them in two segments, one of which is twice as long as the other. The vertices of a cube can be grouped into two groups of four, each forming a regular tetrahedron, the symmetries of a regular tetrahedron correspond to half of those of a cube, those that map the tetrahedra to themselves, and not to each other. The tetrahedron is the only Platonic solid that is not mapped to itself by point inversion, the regular tetrahedron has 24 isometries, forming the symmetry group Td, isomorphic to the symmetric group, S4. The first corresponds to the A2 Coxeter plane, the two skew perpendicular opposite edges of a regular tetrahedron define a set of parallel planes. When one of these intersects the tetrahedron the resulting cross section is a rectangle. When the intersecting plane is one of the edges the rectangle is long. When halfway between the two edges the intersection is a square, the aspect ratio of the rectangle reverses as you pass this halfway point. For the midpoint square intersection the resulting boundary line traverses every face of the tetrahedron similarly, if the tetrahedron is bisected on this plane, both halves become wedges
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Group (mathematics)
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In mathematics, a group is an algebraic structure consisting of a set of elements equipped with an operation that combines any two elements to form a third element. The operation satisfies four conditions called the group axioms, namely closure and it allows entities with highly diverse mathematical origins in abstract algebra and beyond to be handled in a flexible way while retaining their essential structural aspects. The ubiquity of groups in areas within and outside mathematics makes them a central organizing principle of contemporary mathematics. Groups share a kinship with the notion of symmetry. The concept of a group arose from the study of polynomial equations, after contributions from other fields such as number theory and geometry, the group notion was generalized and firmly established around 1870. Modern group theory—an active mathematical discipline—studies groups in their own right, to explore groups, mathematicians have devised various notions to break groups into smaller, better-understandable pieces, such as subgroups, quotient groups and simple groups. A theory has developed for finite groups, which culminated with the classification of finite simple groups. Since the mid-1980s, geometric group theory, which studies finitely generated groups as objects, has become a particularly active area in group theory. One of the most familiar groups is the set of integers Z which consists of the numbers, −4, −3, −2, −1,0,1,2,3,4. The following properties of integer addition serve as a model for the group axioms given in the definition below. For any two integers a and b, the sum a + b is also an integer and that is, addition of integers always yields an integer. This property is known as closure under addition, for all integers a, b and c, + c = a +. Expressed in words, adding a to b first, and then adding the result to c gives the final result as adding a to the sum of b and c. If a is any integer, then 0 + a = a +0 = a, zero is called the identity element of addition because adding it to any integer returns the same integer. For every integer a, there is a b such that a + b = b + a =0. The integer b is called the element of the integer a and is denoted −a. The integers, together with the operation +, form a mathematical object belonging to a class sharing similar structural aspects. To appropriately understand these structures as a collective, the abstract definition is developed
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Manifold
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In mathematics, a manifold is a topological space that locally resembles Euclidean space near each point. More precisely, each point of a manifold has a neighbourhood that is homeomorphic to the Euclidean space of dimension n. One-dimensional manifolds include lines and circles, but not figure eights, two-dimensional manifolds are also called surfaces. Although a manifold locally resembles Euclidean space, globally it may not, for example, the surface of the sphere is not a Euclidean space, but in a region it can be charted by means of map projections of the region into the Euclidean plane. When a region appears in two neighbouring charts, the two representations do not coincide exactly and a transformation is needed to pass from one to the other, Manifolds naturally arise as solution sets of systems of equations and as graphs of functions. One important class of manifolds is the class of differentiable manifolds and this differentiable structure allows calculus to be done on manifolds. A Riemannian metric on a manifold allows distances and angles to be measured, symplectic manifolds serve as the phase spaces in the Hamiltonian formalism of classical mechanics, while four-dimensional Lorentzian manifolds model spacetime in general relativity. After a line, the circle is the simplest example of a topological manifold, Topology ignores bending, so a small piece of a circle is treated exactly the same as a small piece of a line. Consider, for instance, the top part of the circle, x2 + y2 =1. Any point of this arc can be described by its x-coordinate. So, projection onto the first coordinate is a continuous, and invertible, mapping from the arc to the open interval. Such functions along with the regions they map are called charts. Similarly, there are charts for the bottom, left, and right parts of the circle, together, these parts cover the whole circle and the four charts form an atlas for the circle. The top and right charts, χtop and χright respectively, overlap in their domain, Each map this part into the interval, though differently. Let a be any number in, then, T = χ r i g h t = χ r i g h t =1 − a 2 Such a function is called a transition map. The top, bottom, left, and right charts show that the circle is a manifold, charts need not be geometric projections, and the number of charts is a matter of some choice. These two charts provide a second atlas for the circle, with t =1 s Each chart omits a single point, either for s or for t and it can be proved that it is not possible to cover the full circle with a single chart. Viewed using calculus, the transition function T is simply a function between open intervals, which gives a meaning to the statement that T is differentiable
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Complex number
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A complex number is a number that can be expressed in the form a + bi, where a and b are real numbers and i is the imaginary unit, satisfying the equation i2 = −1. In this expression, a is the part and b is the imaginary part of the complex number. If z = a + b i, then ℜ z = a, ℑ z = b, Complex numbers extend the concept of the one-dimensional number line to the two-dimensional complex plane by using the horizontal axis for the real part and the vertical axis for the imaginary part. The complex number a + bi can be identified with the point in the complex plane, a complex number whose real part is zero is said to be purely imaginary, whereas a complex number whose imaginary part is zero is a real number. In this way, the numbers are a field extension of the ordinary real numbers. As well as their use within mathematics, complex numbers have applications in many fields, including physics, chemistry, biology, economics, electrical engineering. The Italian mathematician Gerolamo Cardano is the first known to have introduced complex numbers and he called them fictitious during his attempts to find solutions to cubic equations in the 16th century. Complex numbers allow solutions to equations that have no solutions in real numbers. For example, the equation 2 = −9 has no real solution, Complex numbers provide a solution to this problem. The idea is to extend the real numbers with the unit i where i2 = −1. According to the theorem of algebra, all polynomial equations with real or complex coefficients in a single variable have a solution in complex numbers. A complex number is a number of the form a + bi, for example, −3.5 + 2i is a complex number. The real number a is called the part of the complex number a + bi. By this convention the imaginary part does not include the unit, hence b. The real part of a number z is denoted by Re or ℜ. For example, Re = −3.5 Im =2, hence, in terms of its real and imaginary parts, a complex number z is equal to Re + Im ⋅ i. This expression is known as the Cartesian form of z. A real number a can be regarded as a number a + 0i whose imaginary part is 0
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Quaternion
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In mathematics, the quaternions are a number system that extends the complex numbers. They were first described by Irish mathematician William Rowan Hamilton in 1843, a feature of quaternions is that multiplication of two quaternions is noncommutative. Hamilton defined a quaternion as the quotient of two directed lines in a space or equivalently as the quotient of two vectors. Quaternions are generally represented in the form, a + bi + cj + dk where a, b, c, and d are real numbers, and i, j, and k are the fundamental quaternion units. In practical applications, they can be used other methods, such as Euler angles and rotation matrices, or as an alternative to them. In modern mathematical language, quaternions form a four-dimensional associative normed division algebra over the real numbers, in fact, the quaternions were the first noncommutative division algebra to be discovered. The algebra of quaternions is often denoted by H, or in blackboard bold by H and it can also be given by the Clifford algebra classifications Cℓ0,2 ≅ Cℓ03,0. These rings are also Euclidean Hurwitz algebras, of which quaternions are the largest associative algebra. The unit quaternions can be thought of as a choice of a structure on the 3-sphere S3 that gives the group Spin. Quaternion algebra was introduced by Hamilton in 1843, carl Friedrich Gauss had also discovered quaternions in 1819, but this work was not published until 1900. Hamilton knew that the numbers could be interpreted as points in a plane. Points in space can be represented by their coordinates, which are triples of numbers, however, Hamilton had been stuck on the problem of multiplication and division for a long time. He could not figure out how to calculate the quotient of the coordinates of two points in space. The great breakthrough in quaternions finally came on Monday 16 October 1843 in Dublin, as he walked along the towpath of the Royal Canal with his wife, the concepts behind quaternions were taking shape in his mind. When the answer dawned on him, Hamilton could not resist the urge to carve the formula for the quaternions, i2 = j2 = k2 = ijk = −1, into the stone of Brougham Bridge as he paused on it. On the following day, Hamilton wrote a letter to his friend and fellow mathematician, John T. Graves and this letter was later published in the London, Edinburgh, and Dublin Philosophical Magazine and Journal of Science, vol. xxv, pp 489–95. In the letter, Hamilton states, And here there dawned on me the notion that we must admit, in some sense, an electric circuit seemed to close, and a spark flashed forth. Hamilton called a quadruple with these rules of multiplication a quaternion, Hamiltons treatment is more geometric than the modern approach, which emphasizes quaternions algebraic properties
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String (computer science)
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In computer programming, a string is traditionally a sequence of characters, either as a literal constant or as some kind of variable. The latter may allow its elements to be mutated and the length changed, a string is generally understood as a data type and is often implemented as an array of bytes that stores a sequence of elements, typically characters, using some character encoding. A string may also more general arrays or other sequence data types and structures. When a string appears literally in source code, it is known as a literal or an anonymous string. In formal languages, which are used in logic and theoretical computer science. Let Σ be a non-empty finite set of symbols, called the alphabet, no assumption is made about the nature of the symbols. A string over Σ is any sequence of symbols from Σ. For example, if Σ =, then 01011 is a string over Σ, the length of a string s is the number of symbols in s and can be any non-negative integer, it is often denoted as |s|. The empty string is the string over Σ of length 0. The set of all strings over Σ of length n is denoted Σn, for example, if Σ =, then Σ2 =. Note that Σ0 = for any alphabet Σ, the set of all strings over Σ of any length is the Kleene closure of Σ and is denoted Σ*. In terms of Σn, Σ ∗ = ⋃ n ∈ N ∪ Σ n For example, if Σ =, although the set Σ* itself is countably infinite, each element of Σ* is a string of finite length. A set of strings over Σ is called a language over Σ. For example, if Σ =, the set of strings with an number of zeros, is a formal language over Σ. Concatenation is an important binary operation on Σ*, for any two strings s and t in Σ*, their concatenation is defined as the sequence of symbols in s followed by the sequence of characters in t, and is denoted st. For example, if Σ =, s = bear, and t = hug, then st = bearhug, String concatenation is an associative, but non-commutative operation. The empty string ε serves as the identity element, for any string s, therefore, the set Σ* and the concatenation operation form a monoid, the free monoid generated by Σ. In addition, the length function defines a monoid homomorphism from Σ* to the non-negative integers, a string s is said to be a substring or factor of t if there exist strings u and v such that t = usv
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Jonathan Lazare Alperin
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Jonathan Lazare Alperin is an American mathematician specializing in the area of algebra known as group theory. He is notable for his work in theory which has been cited over 500 times according to the Mathematical Reviews. The Alperin–Brauer–Gorenstein theorem is named after him and he attended school at Princeton University and wrote his Ph. D. dissertation in 1961 On a Special Class of Regular p-Groups under the direction of Graham Higman. He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1974 and he has several times been a visiting scholar at the Institute for Advanced Study. In 2012 he became a fellow of the American Mathematical Society, Alperin is a professor at the University of Chicago where he has had 22 students and 30 descendants. He has published over 60 papers and his work has been cited over 500 times and he is also known for his conjecture, a topic of current research in modular representation theory, and for his work on the local control of fusion, part of local group theory. In, the Alperin–Brauer–Gorenstein theorem was proven, giving the classification of simple groups with quasi-dihedral Sylow 2-subgroups. Transactions of the American Mathematical Society,151, 1–261, doi,10. 2307/1995627, ISSN 0002-9947, MR0284499 Alperin, soc. pp. 369–379, MR933373 Alperin, J. L. Bell, Rowen B
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Cycle graph (algebra)
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In group theory, a sub-field of abstract algebra, a group cycle graph illustrates the various cycles of a group and is particularly useful in visualizing the structure of small finite groups. A cycle is the set of powers of a group element a, where an. The element a is said to generate the cycle, in a finite group, some non-zero power of a must be the group identity, e, the lowest such power is the order of the cycle, the number of distinct elements in it. Cycles can overlap, or they can have no element in common, the cycle graph displays each interesting cycle as a polygon. If a generates a cycle of order 6, then a6 = e, then the set of powers of a2, is a cycle, but this is really no new information. Similarly, a5 generates the same cycle as a itself, so, only the primitive cycles need be considered, namely those that are not subsets of another cycle. Each of these is generated by some primitive element, a, take one point for each element of the original group. For each primitive element, connect e to a, a to a2, an−1 to an, etc. until e is reached. The result is the cycle graph, when a2 = e, a has order 2, and is connected to e by two edges. Except when the intent is to emphasize the two edges of the cycle, it is drawn as a single line between the two elements. As an example of a cycle graph, consider the dihedral group Dih4. The multiplication table for this group is shown on the left, notice the cycle e, a, a2, a3. It can be seen from the table that successive powers of a behave this way. In other words,2 = a2,3 = a and this behavior is true for any cycle in any group – a cycle may be traversed in either direction. Cycles that contain a number of elements implicitly have cycles that are not shown in the graph. For the group Dih4 above, we want to draw a line between a2 and e since 2 = e, but since a2 is part of a larger cycle. There can be ambiguity when two cycles share an element that is not the identity element, consider for example, the simple quaternion group, whose cycle graph is shown on the right. Each of the elements in the row when multiplied by itself gives −1