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May 8th, 2019, 06:04 AM   #1
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Generators of a cyclic group

The number of elements of order 12 in a cyclic group of order 12 is 4 or 3?

As I understood, I need to calculate the number of generators of this cyclic group as every generator will have the order 12. To find that I applied the Euler Phi function to find the natural numbers <12 and relatively prime to 12.
They come out to be 1,5,7 and 11. That means there are 4 generators and hence the number of elements of order 12 should be 4.

But the answer given is 3. Am I wrong somewhere or there is a misprint in my textbook?
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What is the ISBN of the textbook?
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May 8th, 2019, 08:04 AM   #3
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I don't know the ISBN, the book is too old.
It is given as a multiple choice question with answer marked as 3. However, my conclusion is 4.
What's your conclusion?
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May 8th, 2019, 03:53 PM   #4
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A big part of learning math is developing critical thinking. This includes reading material from trusted sources. This means instead of asking here what the correct answer is, you should just take a cyclic group of order 12 and check since this amounts to about 30 seconds of computation. This should also help reinforce the reason WHY $\phi(n)$ is the number of elements of order $n$ in a cyclic group of order $n$.
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the book is too old
If the book is in English, or has ever been published in English, what were its title, author(s) and date of publication?
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