International Journal of Mathematics and Mathematical Sciences
Volume 31 (2002), Issue 10, Pages 635-637
Powers of commutators as products of squares
Azzahra University, Vanak, Tehran 19834, Iran
Received 2 May 2001; Revised 13 January 2002
Copyright © 2002 M. Akhavan-Malayeri. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Let be a free group and be two distinct elements of a free generating set, then is not a product of two squares in , and it is the product of three squares. We give a
short combinatorial proof.