Meta-Abelian group

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metabelian group

A solvable group of derived length two, i.e. a group whose commutator subgroup is Abelian. The family of all metabelian groups is a variety (see Variety of groups) defined by the identity


Special interest is attached to finitely-generated metabelian groups. These are all residually finite (see Residually-finite group) and satisfy the maximum condition (see Chain condition) for normal subgroups. An analogous property is shared by a generalization of these groups — the finitely-generated groups for which the quotient by an Abelian normal subgroup is polycyclic (see Polycyclic group).

In the Russian mathematical literature, by a metabelian group one sometimes means a nilpotent group of nilpotency class 2.


[1] A.G. Kurosh, "The theory of groups" , 1–2 , Chelsea (1955–1956) (Translated from Russian)
[2] M.I. Kargapolov, J.I. [Yu.I. Merzlyakov] Merzljakov, "Fundamentals of the theory of groups" , Springer (1979) (Translated from Russian)



[a1] D.J.S. Robinson, "A course in the theory of groups" , Springer (1980)
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This article was adapted from an original article by A.L. Shmel'kin (originator), which appeared in Encyclopedia of Mathematics - ISBN 1402006098. See original article