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Putting a topology on a group can have algebraic implications. For example, suppose we have an open subgroup H of a topological group G. Then any coset H x is open as well, so G is the disjoint union of a family of open sets. If G is compact, it follows that this must be a finite disjoint union (it is an open cover without any subcover). 4 In a compact topological group, any open subgroup has finite index. There are many other theorems of that kind. Choosing other categories, we can get other kinds of groups.

As above, this is a subgroup of SG . This acts on G on the left. There are many other examples of groups. We can take any ring, forget about the product structure, and get an abelian group. We can take any monoid and look at the subset of invertible elements; it will be a group. In particular, we can take the set elements of a ring R that are invertible under multiplication to get a group R with the ring multiplication. , a topology of some kind. n/ as being close if the entries in the matrices that represent them are close.

Choosing other categories, we can get other kinds of groups. For example, a Lie group is a group in the category of smooth manifolds. 5 Free groups At the other extreme from these natural examples is another class of groups, in one sense the most “unnatural” groups, created straight from the definition: the free groups. Start with a set of n letters a1 ; a2; : : : ; an (we could just as well use an infinite set). We will simply impose conditions that are forced by the group axioms. For each ai , add to our “alphabet” another letter denoted ai 1 (we could choose a different symbol, such as bi , but that would only obscure the point).