Subgroup structure of symmetric group:S4

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This article gives specific information, namely, subgroup structure, about a particular group, namely: symmetric group:S4.
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The symmetric group of degree four has many subgroups.

Note that since is a complete group, every automorphism is inner, so the classification of subgroups upto conjugacy is equivalent to the classification of subgroups upto automorphism. In other words, every subgroup is an automorph-conjugate subgroup.

Tables for quick information

FACTS TO CHECK AGAINST FOR SUBGROUP STRUCTURE: (finite solvable group)
Lagrange's theorem (order of subgroup times index of subgroup equals order of whole group, so both divide it), |order of quotient group divides order of group (and equals index of corresponding normal subgroup)
Sylow subgroups exist, Sylow implies order-dominating, congruence condition on Sylow numbers|congruence condition on number of subgroups of given prime power order
Hall subgroups exist in finite solvable|Hall implies order-dominating in finite solvable| normal Hall implies permutably complemented, Hall retract implies order-conjugate
MINIMAL, MAXIMAL: minimal normal implies elementary abelian in finite solvable | maximal subgroup has prime power index in finite solvable group


Quick summary

Item Value
Number of subgroups 30
Compared with : 1,2,6,30,156,1455,11300, 151221
Number of conjugacy classes of subgroups 11
Compared with : 1,2,4,11,19,56,96,296,554,1593
Number of automorphism classes of subgroups 11
Compared with : 1,2,4,11,19,37,96,296,554,1593
Isomorphism classes of Sylow subgroups and the corresponding Sylow numbers and fusion systems 2-Sylow: dihedral group:D8 (order 8), Sylow number is 3, fusion system is non-inner non-simple fusion system for dihedral group:D8
3-Sylow: cyclic group:Z3, Sylow number is 4, fusion system is non-inner fusion system for cyclic group:Z3
Hall subgroups Given that the order has only two distinct prime factors, the Hall subgroups are the whole group, trivial subgroup, and Sylow subgroups
maximal subgroups maximal subgroups have order 6 (S3 in S4), 8 (D8 in S4), and 12 (A4 in S4).
normal subgroups There are four normal subgroups: the whole group, the trivial subgroup, A4 in S4, and normal V4 in S4.

Table classifying subgroups up to automorphisms

TABLE SORTING AND INTERPRETATION: Note that the subgroups in the table below are sorted based on the powers of the prime divisors of the order, first covering the smallest prime in ascending order of powers, then powers of the next prime, then products of powers of the first two primes, then the third prime, then products of powers of the first and third, second and third, and all three primes. The rationale is to cluster together subgroups with similar prime powers in their order. The subgroups are not sorted by the magnitude of the order. To sort that way, click the sorting button for the order column. Similarly you can sort by index or by number of subgroups of the automorphism class.

Automorphism class of subgroups Representative Isomorphism class Order of subgroups Index of subgroups Number of conjugacy classes (=1 iff automorph-conjugate subgroup) Size of each conjugacy class (=1 iff normal subgroup) Number of subgroups (=1 iff characteristic subgroup) Isomorphism class of quotient (if exists) Subnormal depth (if subnormal) Note
trivial subgroup trivial group 1 24 1 1 1 symmetric group:S4 1
S2 in S4 cyclic group:Z2 2 12 1 6 6 -- --
subgroup generated by double transposition in S4 cyclic group:Z2 2 12 1 3 3 -- 2
Z4 in S4 cyclic group:Z4 4 6 1 3 3 -- --
normal Klein four-subgroup of S4
Klein four-group 4 6 1 1 1 symmetric group:S3 1 2-core
non-normal Klein four-subgroups of S4 Klein four-group 4 6 1 3 3 -- --
D8 in S4 dihedral group:D8 8 3 1 3 3 -- -- 2-Sylow, fusion system is non-inner non-simple fusion system for dihedral group:D8
A3 in S4 cyclic group:Z3 3 8 1 4 4 -- -- 3-Sylow, fusion system is non-inner fusion system for cyclic group:Z3
S3 in S4 symmetric group:S3 6 4 1 4 4 -- --
A4 in S4 alternating group:A4 12 2 1 1 1 cyclic group:Z2 1
whole group symmetric group:S4 24 1 1 1 1 trivial group 0
Total (11 rows) -- -- -- -- 11 -- 30 -- -- --


Table classifying isomorphism types of subgroups

Group name Order Second part of GAP ID (first part is order) Occurrences as subgroup Conjugacy classes of occurrence as subgroup Occurrences as normal subgroup Occurrences as characteristic subgroup
Trivial group 1 1 1 1 1 1
Cyclic group:Z2 2 1 9 2 0 0
Cyclic group:Z3 3 1 4 1 0 0
Cyclic group:Z4 4 1 3 1 0 0
Klein four-group 4 2 4 2 1 1
Symmetric group:S3 6 1 4 1 0 0
Dihedral group:D8 8 3 3 1 0 0
Alternating group:A4 12 3 1 1 1 1
Symmetric group:S4 24 12 1 1 1 1
Total -- -- 30 11 4 4

Table listing number of subgroups by order

These numbers satisfy the congruence condition on number of subgroups of given prime power order: the number of subgroups of order for a fixed nonnegative integer is congruent to 1 mod . For , this means the number is odd, and for , this means the number is congruent to 1 mod 3 (so it is among 1,4,7,...)

Group order Occurrences as subgroup Conjugacy classes of occurrence as subgroup Occurrences as normal subgroup Occurrences as characteristic subgroup
1 1 1 1 1
2 9 2 0 0
3 4 1 0 0
4 7 3 1 1
6 4 1 0 0
8 3 1 0 0
12 1 1 1 1
24 1 1 1 1
Total 30 11 4 4

Table listing numbers of subgroups by group property

Group property Occurrences as subgroup Conjugacy classes of occurrence as subgroup Occurrences as normal subgroup Occurrences as characteristic subgroup
Cyclic group 17 5 1 1
Abelian group 21 7 2 2
Nilpotent group 24 8 2 2
Solvable group 30 11 4 4

Table listing numbers of subgroups by subgroup property

Subgroup property Occurences as subgroup Conjugacy classes of occurrences as subgroup Automorphism classes of occurrences as subgroup
Subgroup 30 11 11
Normal subgroup 4 4 4
Characteristic subgroup 4 4 4

Subgroup structure viewed as symmetric group

Classification based on partition given by orbit sizes

For any subgroup of , the natural action on induces a partition of the set into orbits, which in turn induces an unordered integer partition of the number 4. Below, we classify this information for the subgroups.

Conjugacy class of subgroups Size of conjugacy class Induced partition of 4 Direct product of transitive subgroups on each orbit? Illustration with representative
trivial subgroup 1 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 Yes The subgroup fixes each point, so the orbits are singleton subsets.
S2 in S4 6 2 + 1 + 1 Yes has orbits
subgroup generated by double transposition in S4 3 2 + 2 No has orbits
A3 in S4 4 3 + 1 Yes has orbits
Z4 in S4 3 4 Yes The action is a transitive group action, so only one orbit.
normal Klein four-subgroup of S4 1 4 Yes The action is a transitive group action, so only one orbit.
non-normal Klein four-subgroups of S4 3 2 + 2 Yes has orbits
S3 in S4 4 3 + 1 Yes has orbits
D8 in S4 3 4 Yes The action is a transitive group action, so only one orbit.
A4 in S4 1 4 Yes The action is a transitive group action, so only one orbit.
whole group 1 4 Yes The action is a transitive group action, so only one orbit.