such that each quotient group is cyclic and each is normal in .
By contrast, for a solvable group the definition requires each quotient to be abelian. In another direction, a polycyclic group must have a normal series with each quotient cyclic, but there is no requirement that each be normal in . As every finite solvable group is polycyclic, this can be seen as one of the key differences between the definitions. For a concrete example, the alternating group on four points, , is solvable but not supersolvable.
Some facts about supersolvable groups:
- Supersolvable groups are always polycyclic, and hence solvable
- Every finitely generated nilpotent group is supersolvable.
- Every metacyclic group is supersolvable.
- The commutator subgroup of a supersolvable group is nilpotent.
- Subgroups and quotient groups of supersolvable groups are supersolvable.
- A finite supersolvable group has an invariant normal series with each factor cyclic of prime order.
- In fact, the primes can be chosen in a nice order: For every prime p, and for π the set of primes greater than p, a finite supersolvable group has a unique Hall π-subgroup. Such groups are sometimes called ordered Sylow tower groups.
- Every group of square-free order, and every group with cyclic Sylow subgroups (a Z-group), is supersolvable.
- Every irreducible complex representation of a finite supersolvable group is monomial, that is, induced from a linear character of a subgroup. In other words, every supersolvable group is a monomial group.
- Every maximal subgroup in a supersolvable group has prime index.
- A finite group is supersolvable if and only if every maximal subgroup has prime index.
- A finite group is supersolvable if and only if every maximal chain of subgroups has the same length. This is important to those interested in the lattice of subgroups of a group, and is sometimes called the Jordan–Dedekind chain condition.
- By Baum's theorem, every supersolvable finite group has a DFT algorithm running in time O(n log n).Template:Clarify
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- Schmidt, Roland. Subgroup Lattices of Groups. de Gruyter, 1994.