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Hence the w3−1 in w−1 cannot overlap w1 w2 w3 w3 w2−1 at all. So if there is any overlap, either the suffix w2−1 w1−1 of w−1 intersects the prefix w1 w2 of y or the prefix w2 of w−1 intersects the suffix w2−1 of y. 27. Hence this subcase cannot occur. One can check that if w has the form asserted by bullet (2) then D(hw ) ≥ 2 by example. This completes the proof. 31 (monotone words). 32. A word w is monotone if for each a ∈ S, at most one of a and a−1 appears in w. 24 2. 30, for any reduced monotone word w, there is an inequality D(hw ) ≤ 1 where D(hw ) = 1 whenever |w| > 1.

From the geometric perspective it is clear that scl( ai ) depends only on the conjugacy class of each term ai , and is commutative in its arguments. 75. scl satisfies the identity scl(an + ai ) = scl(a + · · · + a + ai ) n for any non-negative integer n and any a, ai ∈ G. Proof. 74. Let X be a space with π1 (X) = G and let γ be a loop representing the conjugacy class of a. Let S be a surface mapping to X, with n boundary components each wrapping around γ a total of m times, for some large m, and the rest wrapping around loops γi corresponding to the conjugacy classes of the ai .

For, if Sn1 , Sn2 are surfaces with m boundary components, each of which wraps n1 and n2 times respectively around each of m loops, then they can be tubed together by adding m rectangles to produce a surface S ′ with m boundary components, each of which wraps n1 + n2 times around each of the m loops, and satisfies genus(S ′ ) = genus(Sn1 ) + genus(Sn2 ) + (m − 1). On the other hand, for fixed m, there is an equality ani ) ani ) + (m − 1) n→∞ n→∞ n n the right hand limit exists by the subadditivity of cln,m , and therefore the left hand side does too.