### Commutativity Theorems in Groups with Power-like Maps

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^{n}. The most famous example of this kind is Jacobson's theorem which asserts that any ring satisfying the identity x

^{n}= x is commutative. Such statements belong to first order logic with equality and hence provable, in principle, by any first-order theorem-prover. However, because of the presence of an arbitrary integer parameter n in the exponent, they are outside the scope of any first-order theorem-prover. In particular, one cannot use such an automated reasoning system to prove theorems involving power maps. Here we focus just on the needed properties of power maps f(x) = x

^{n}and show how one can avoid having to reason explicitly with integer exponents. Implementing these new equational properties of power maps, we show how a theorem-prover can be a handy tool for quickly proving or confirming the truth of such theorems.

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