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The [[symmetric group:S4|symmetric group on four letters]] has many sugbroups.
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The [[symmetric group:S4|symmetric group of degree four]] has many subgroups.
  
 
Note that since <math>S_4</math> 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]].
 
Note that since <math>S_4</math> 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]].
  
# The trivial subgroup. Isomorphic to [[subgroup::trivial group]].(1)
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==Tables for quick information==
# The two-element subgroup generated by a transposition, such as <math>(1,2)</math>. Isomorphic to [[subgroup::cyclic group of order two]].(6)
 
# The two-element subgroup generated by a double transposition, such as <math>(1,2)(3,4)</math>. Isomorphic to [[subgroup::cyclic group of order two]]. (3)
 
# The four-element subgroup generated by two disjoint transpositions, such as <math>\langle (1,2) \ , \ (3,4) \rangle</math>. Isomorphic to [[subgroup::Klein-four group]]. (3)
 
# The unique four-element subgroup comprising the identity and the three double transpositions. Isomorphic to [[subgroup::Klein-four group]]. (1)
 
# The four-element subgroup spanned by a 4-cycle. Isomorphic to [[subgroup::cyclic group of order four]].(3)
 
# The eight-element subgroup spanned by a 4-cycle and a transposition that conjugates this cycle to its inverse. Isomorphic to [[subgroup::dihedral group:D8|dihedral group of order eight]]. (3)
 
# The three-element subgroup spanned by a three-cycle. Isomorphic to [[subgroup::cyclic group of order three]].(4)
 
# The six-element subgroup comprising all permutations that fix one element. Isomorphic to [[subgroup::symmetric group:S3|symmetric group on three elements]]. (4)
 
# The alternating group: the subgroup of all even permutations. Isomorphic to [[subgroup::alternating group:A4]].(1)
 
# The whole group.(1)
 
 
 
==The alternating group (twelve-element characteristic subgroup) (type (10))==
 
 
 
This is a [[characteristic subgroup]].
 
 
 
===Subgroup-defining functions yielding this subgroup===
 
 
 
* The [[commutator subgroup]].
 
* The [[Jacobson radical]]: It is, in fact, the unique maximal normal subgroup.
 
* The subgroup generated by squares.
 
* The [[Sylow-closure]] for the prime <math>3</math>.
 
 
 
===Subgroup properties satisfied by this subgroup===
 
 
 
The alternating group is a [[verbal subgroup]] on account of being generated by commutators, or equivalently, on account of being generated by squares (actually, the two facts are closely related, and have to do with the fact that the symmetric group is a [[group generated by involutions]]). Thus, it satisfies some subgroup properties, including:
 
 
 
* [[Fully characteristic subgroup]]: It is invariant under any endomorphism of the whole group. {{further|[[Verbal implies fully characteristic]]}}
 
* [[Image-closed fully characteristic subgroup]]: Its image under any surjective homomorphism is fully characteristic in the image. {{further|[[Verbal implies image-closed fully characteristic]]}}
 
* [[Image-closed characteristic subgroup]]: Its image under any surjective homomorphism is characteristic in the image. {{further|[[Verbal implies image-closed characteristic]]}}
 
* [[Characteristic subgroup]]: It is characteristic in the whole group.
 
 
 
It also satisfies some other subgroup properties, such as:
 
 
 
* [[Complemented normal subgroup]]
 
* [[Order-unique subgroup]]
 
* [[Isomorph-free subgroup]]
 
* [[Self-centralizing subgroup]]
 
* [[Intermediately characteristic subgroup]]
 
* [[Transitively normal subgroup]]
 
 
 
===Subgroup properties not satisfied by this subgroup===
 
 
 
* [[Direct factor]]
 
* [[Central factor]]
 
  
==The Klein-four group of double transpositions (type (5))==
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This is a [[characteristic subgroup]].
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===Quick summary===
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{| class="sortable" border="1"
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! Item !! Value
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| [[Number of subgroups]] || 30<br>Compared with <math>S_n, n = 1,2,3,4,5,\dots</math>: 1,2,6,'''30''',156,1455,11300, 151221
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| [[Number of conjugacy classes of subgroups]] || 11<br>Compared with <math>S_n, n = 1,2,3,4,5,\dots</math>: 1,2,4,'''11''',19,56,96,296,554,1593
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| [[Number of automorphism classes of subgroups]] || 11<br>Compared with <math>S_n, n = 1,2,3,4,5,\dots</math>: 1,2,4,'''11''',19,37,96,296,554,1593
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| Isomorphism classes of [[Sylow subgroup]]s and the corresponding [[Sylow number]]s and [[fusion system]]s || 2-Sylow: [[dihedral group:D8]] (order 8), Sylow number is 3, fusion system is [[non-inner non-simple fusion system for dihedral group:D8]]<br>3-Sylow: [[cyclic group:Z3]], Sylow number is 4, fusion system is [[non-inner fusion system for cyclic group:Z3]]
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| [[Hall subgroup]]s || Given that the order has only two distinct prime factors, the Hall subgroups are the whole group, trivial subgroup, and Sylow subgroups
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| [[maximal subgroup]]s || maximal subgroups have order 6 ([[S3 in S4]]), 8 ([[D8 in S4]]), and 12 ([[A4 in S4]]).
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|-
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| [[normal subgroup]]s || There are four normal subgroups: the whole group, the trivial subgroup, [[A4 in S4]], and [[normal V4 in S4]].
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===Subgroup-defining functions yielding this subgroup===
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===Table classifying subgroups up to automorphisms===
  
* The [[Sylow-core]] for the prime <math>2</math>.
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* The second member of the [[derived series]].
 
* The [[Fitting subgroup]].
 
* The [[socle]]: it is in fact the unique [[minimal normal subgroup]].
 
  
===Subgroup properties satisfied by this subgroup===
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{| class="sortable" border="1"
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! Automorphism class of subgroups !! Representative !! Isomorphism class !! [[Order of a group|Order]] of subgroups !! [[Index of a subgroup|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
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| trivial subgroup || <math>\{ () \}</math> || [[trivial group]] || 1 || 24 || 1 || 1 || 1 || [[symmetric group:S4]] || 1 ||
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| [[S2 in S4]] || <math>\{ (), (1,2) \}</math> || [[cyclic group:Z2]] || 2 || 12 || 1 || 6 || 6 || -- || -- ||
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|-
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| [[subgroup generated by double transposition in S4]] || <math>\{ (), (1,2)(3,4) \}</math> || [[cyclic group:Z2]] || 2 || 12 || 1 || 3 || 3 || -- || 2 ||
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|-
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| [[Z4 in S4]] || <math>\langle (1,2,3,4) \rangle</math> || [[cyclic group:Z4]] || 4 || 6 ||  1 || 3 || 3 || -- || -- ||
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| [[normal Klein four-subgroup of S4]] || <math>\{ (), (1,2)(3,4), </math><br><math>(1,3)(2,4), (1,4)(2,3) \}</math> || [[Klein four-group]] || 4 || 6 || 1 || 1 || 1 || [[symmetric group:S3]] || 1 || 2-core
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| [[non-normal Klein four-subgroups of S4]] || <math>\langle (1,2), (3,4) \rangle</math> || [[Klein four-group]] || 4 || 6 || 1 || 3 || 3 || -- || -- ||
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| [[D8 in S4]] || <math>\langle (1,2,3,4), (1,3) \rangle</math> || [[dihedral group:D8]] || 8 || 3 || 1 || 3 || 3 || -- || -- || 2-Sylow, fusion system is [[non-inner non-simple fusion system for dihedral group:D8]]
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| [[A3 in S4]] || <math>\{ (), (1,2,3), (1,3,2) \}</math>  || [[cyclic group:Z3]] || 3 || 8 || 1 || 4 || 4 || -- || -- || 3-Sylow, fusion system is [[non-inner fusion system for cyclic group:Z3]]
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| [[S3 in S4]] || <math>\langle (1,2,3), (1,2) \rangle</math> ||[[symmetric group:S3]] || 6 || 4 || 1 || 4 || 4 || -- || -- ||
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| [[A4 in S4]] || <math>\langle (1,2,3), (1,2)(3,4) \rangle</math> || [[alternating group:A4]] || 12 || 2 || 1 || 1 || 1 || [[cyclic group:Z2]] || 1 ||
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| whole group || <math>\langle (1,2,3,4), (1,2) \rangle</math> || [[symmetric group:S4]] || 24 || 1 || 1 || 1 || 1 || [[trivial group]] || 0 ||
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! Total (11 rows) !! -- !! -- !! -- !! -- !! 11 !! -- !! 30 !! -- !! -- !! --
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<section end="summary"/>
  
The given subgroup is a [[verbal subgroup]] on account of being the second member of the derived series. Thus, it satisfies some subgroup properties, including:
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===Table classifying isomorphism types of subgroups===
  
* [[Fully characteristic subgroup]]: It is invariant under any endomorphism of the whole group. {{further|[[Verbal implies fully characteristic]]}}
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{| class="sortable" border="1"
* [[Image-closed fully characteristic subgroup]]: Its image under any surjective homomorphism is fully characteristic in the image. {{further|[[Verbal implies image-closed fully characteristic]]}}
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! 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
* [[Image-closed characteristic subgroup]]: Its image under any surjective homomorphism is characteristic in the image. {{further|[[Verbal implies image-closed characteristic]]}}
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* [[Characteristic subgroup]]: It is characteristic in the whole group.
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| [[Trivial group]] || 1 || 1 || 1 || 1 || 1 || 1
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| [[Cyclic group:Z2]] || 2 || 1 || 9 || 2 || 0 || 0
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| [[Cyclic group:Z3]] || 3 || 1 || 4 || 1 || 0 || 0
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| [[Cyclic group:Z4]] || 4 || 1 || 3 || 1 || 0 || 0
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| [[Klein four-group]] || 4 || 2 || 4 || 2 || 1 || 1
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| [[Symmetric group:S3]] || 6 || 1 || 4 || 1 || 0 || 0
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| [[Dihedral group:D8]] || 8 || 3 || 3 || 1 || 0 || 0
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| [[Alternating group:A4]] || 12 || 3 || 1 || 1 || 1 || 1
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| [[Symmetric group:S4]] || 24 || 12 || 1 || 1 || 1 || 1
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! Total || -- || -- || 30 || 11 || 4 || 4
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It also satisfies some other subgroup properties, such as:
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===Table listing number of subgroups by order===
  
* [[Complemented normal subgroup]]
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These numbers satisfy the [[congruence condition on number of subgroups of given prime power order]]: the number of subgroups of order <math>p^r</math> for a fixed nonnegative integer <math>r</math> is congruent to 1 mod <math>p</math>. For <math>p = 2</math>, this means the number is odd, and for <math>p = 3</math>, this means the number is congruent to 1 mod 3 (so it is among 1,4,7,...)
* [[Self-centralizing subgroup]]
 
* [[Coprime automorphism-faithful subgroup]]
 
* [[Minimal normal subgroup]]
 
* [[Fully normalized subgroup]]: Every automorphism of it is realized as an inner automorphism in the whole group. In fact, the whole group is the [[holomorph]] of the subgroup.
 
  
===Subgroup properties not satisfied by this subgroup===
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{| class="sortable" border="1"
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! Group order !! Occurrences as subgroup !! Conjugacy classes of occurrence as subgroup !! Occurrences as normal subgroup !! Occurrences as characteristic subgroup
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| 1 || 1 || 1 || 1 || 1
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| 2 || 9 || 2 || 0 || 0
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| 3 || 4 || 1 || 0 || 0
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| 4 || 7 || 3 || 1 || 1
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| 6 || 4 || 1 || 0 || 0
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| 8 || 3 || 1 || 0 || 0
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| 12 || 1 || 1 || 1 || 1
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| 24 || 1 || 1 || 1 || 1
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! Total || 30 || 11 || 4 || 4
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* [[Direct factor]]
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===Table listing numbers of subgroups by group property===
* [[Central factor]]
 
* [[Isomorph-free subgroup]]: Although the subgroup is characteristic, there exists an isomorphic subgroup. In fact, the subgroups of type (4) are all isomorphic to it.
 
* [[Transitively normal subgroup]]
 
  
==The two-element subgroup generated by a transposition (type (2))==
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! Group property !! Occurrences as subgroup !! Conjugacy classes of occurrence as subgroup !! Occurrences as normal subgroup !! Occurrences as characteristic subgroup
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|[[Cyclic group]] || 17 || 5 || 1 || 1
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|[[Abelian group]] || 21 || 7 || 2 || 2
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|[[Nilpotent group]] || 24 || 8 || 2 || 2
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|[[Solvable group]] || 30 || 11 || 4 || 4
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===Subgroup properties satisfied by these subgroups===
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===Table listing numbers of subgroups by subgroup property===
  
* [[Retract]]: There is a retraction to any such subgroup with kernel equal to the alternating group.
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{| class="sortable" border="1"
* [[Permutably complemented subgroup]].
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! Subgroup property !! Occurences as subgroup !! Conjugacy classes of occurrences as subgroup !! Automorphism classes of occurrences as subgroup
* [[Core-free subgroup]]
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* [[Contranormal subgroup]]
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|[[Subgroup]] || 30 || 11 || 11
* [[Conjugate-permutable subgroup]]
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* [[Automorph-permutable subgroup]]
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|[[Normal subgroup]] || 4 || 4 || 4
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|[[Characteristic subgroup]] || 4 || 4 || 4
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===Subgroup properties not satisfied by these subgroups===
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==Subgroup structure viewed as symmetric group==
  
* [[Pronormal subgroup]]
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===Classification based on partition given by orbit sizes===
* [[Polynormal subgroup]]
 
* [[Permutable subgroup]]
 
  
===Effect of operators===
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For any subgroup of <math>S_4</math>, the natural action on <math>\{ 1,2,3,4 \}</math> induces a partition of the set <math>\{ 1,2,3 \}</math> into orbits, which in turn induces an unordered integer partition of the number 4. Below, we classify this information for the subgroups.
  
* [[Centralizer]]: The centralizer is a Klein-four group, of type (4).
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* [[Normalizer]]: The normalizer is a dihedral group of order eight, of type (7).
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! Conjugacy class of subgroups !! Size of conjugacy class !! Induced partition of 4 !! Direct product of transitive subgroups on each orbit? !! Illustration with representative
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| trivial subgroup || 1 || 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 || Yes || The subgroup fixes each point, so the orbits are singleton subsets.
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| [[S2 in S4]] || 6 || 2 + 1 + 1 || Yes || <math>\{ (), (1,2) \}</math> has orbits <math>\{ 1,2 \}, \{ 3 \}, \{ 4 \}</math>
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| [[subgroup generated by double transposition in S4]] || 3 || 2 + 2 || No || <math>\{ (), (1,2)(3,4) \}</math> has orbits <math>\{ 1,2 \}, \{ 3, 4 \}</math>
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| [[A3 in S4]] || 4 || 3 + 1 || Yes || <math>\{ (), (1,2,3), (1,3,2) \}</math> has orbits <math>\{ 1,2,3 \}, \{ 4 \}</math>
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| [[Z4 in S4]] || 3 || 4 || Yes || The action is a [[transitive group action]], so only one orbit.
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| [[normal Klein four-subgroup of S4]] || 1 || 4 || Yes || The action is a [[transitive group action]], so only one orbit.
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| [[non-normal Klein four-subgroups of S4]] || 3 || 2 + 2 || Yes || <math>\langle (1,2), (3,4) \rangle</math> has orbits <math>\{ 1,2 \}, \{ 3,4 \}</math>
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| [[S3 in S4]] || 4 || 3 + 1 || Yes || <math>\langle (1,2,3), (1,2) \rangle</math> has orbits <math>\{ 1,2,3 \}, \{ 4 \}</math>
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| [[D8 in S4]] || 3 || 4 || Yes || The action is a [[transitive group action]], so only one orbit.
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| [[A4 in S4]] || 1 || 4 || Yes || The action is a [[transitive group action]], so only one orbit.
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| whole group || 1 || 4 || Yes || The action is a [[transitive group action]], so only one orbit.
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The symmetric group of degree four has many subgroups.

Note that since S_4 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 S_n, n = 1,2,3,4,5,\dots: 1,2,6,30,156,1455,11300, 151221
Number of conjugacy classes of subgroups 11
Compared with S_n, n = 1,2,3,4,5,\dots: 1,2,4,11,19,56,96,296,554,1593
Number of automorphism classes of subgroups 11
Compared with S_n, n = 1,2,3,4,5,\dots: 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 \{ (), (1,2) \} cyclic group:Z2 2 12 1 6 6 -- --
subgroup generated by double transposition in S4 \{ (), (1,2)(3,4) \} cyclic group:Z2 2 12 1 3 3 -- 2
Z4 in S4 \langle (1,2,3,4) \rangle cyclic group:Z4 4 6 1 3 3 -- --
normal Klein four-subgroup of S4 \{ (), (1,2)(3,4),
(1,3)(2,4), (1,4)(2,3) \}
Klein four-group 4 6 1 1 1 symmetric group:S3 1 2-core
non-normal Klein four-subgroups of S4 \langle (1,2), (3,4) \rangle Klein four-group 4 6 1 3 3 -- --
D8 in S4 \langle (1,2,3,4), (1,3) \rangle 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 \{ (), (1,2,3), (1,3,2) \} cyclic group:Z3 3 8 1 4 4 -- -- 3-Sylow, fusion system is non-inner fusion system for cyclic group:Z3
S3 in S4 \langle (1,2,3), (1,2) \rangle symmetric group:S3 6 4 1 4 4 -- --
A4 in S4 \langle (1,2,3), (1,2)(3,4) \rangle alternating group:A4 12 2 1 1 1 cyclic group:Z2 1
whole group \langle (1,2,3,4), (1,2) \rangle 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 p^r for a fixed nonnegative integer r is congruent to 1 mod p. For p = 2, this means the number is odd, and for p = 3, 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 S_4, the natural action on \{ 1,2,3,4 \} induces a partition of the set \{ 1,2,3 \} 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 \{ (), (1,2) \} has orbits \{ 1,2 \}, \{ 3 \}, \{ 4 \}
subgroup generated by double transposition in S4 3 2 + 2 No \{ (), (1,2)(3,4) \} has orbits \{ 1,2 \}, \{ 3, 4 \}
A3 in S4 4 3 + 1 Yes \{ (), (1,2,3), (1,3,2) \} has orbits \{ 1,2,3 \}, \{ 4 \}
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 \langle (1,2), (3,4) \rangle has orbits \{ 1,2 \}, \{ 3,4 \}
S3 in S4 4 3 + 1 Yes \langle (1,2,3), (1,2) \rangle has orbits \{ 1,2,3 \}, \{ 4 \}
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.