For some
algebraic structures the
fundamental theorem on homomorphisms relates the structure of two objects between
which a
homomorphism is given, and of the
kernel and image of the
homomorphism.
For groups, the theorem states:
- Let G and H be groups; let f : G->H be a group homomorphism; let K be the kernel of f; let φ be the natural surjective homomorphism G->G/K. Then there exists a unique homomorphism h:G/K->H such that f = h φ. Moreover, h is injective and provides an isomorphism between G/K and the image of f.
The situation is described by the following commutative diagram:
Similar theorems are valid for vector spaces, modules, and rings.
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