Simple proofs of some generalizations of the Wilson's theorem

Jan Górowski, Adam Łomnicki


In this paper a remarkable simple proof of the Gauss's generalization of the Wilson's theorem is given. The proof is based on properties of a subgroup generated by element of order 2 of a finite abelian group. Some conditions equivalent to the cyclicity of (Φ, ·n), where n>2 is an integer are presented, in particular, a condition for the existence of the unique element of order 2 in such a group.


Wilson's theorem, finite abelian group, cyclicity

Mathematics Subject Classification (2010)

20K01, 11A07


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