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Definition
The symmetric group is defined in the following equivalent ways:
- It is the group of all permutations on a set of five elements, i.e., it is the symmetric group of degree five. In particular, it is a symmetric group of prime degree and symmetric group of prime power degree.
- It is the projective general linear group of degree two over the field of five elements, i.e., .
- It is the projective semilinear group of degree two over the field of four elements, i.e., .
Presentation
Equivalence of definitions
Arithmetic functions
Want to compare and contrast arithmetic function values with other groups of the same order? Check out groups of order 120#Arithmetic functions
Group properties
COMPARE AND CONTRAST: Want to know more about how this group compares with symmetric groups of other degrees? Read contrasting symmetric groups of various degrees.
Property | Satisfied? | Explanation | Comment |
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Abelian group | No | , don't commute | is non-abelian, . |
Nilpotent group | No | Centerless: The center is trivial | is non-nilpotent, . |
Metacyclic group | No | No cyclic normal subgroup | is not metacyclic, . |
Supersolvable group | No | No cyclic normal subgroup | is not supersolvable, . |
Solvable group | No | The subgroup is simple non-abelian | is simple and hence not solvable, . |
T-group | Yes | ||
HN-group | Yes | ||
Complete group | Yes | Centerless and every automorphism's inner | Symmetric groups are complete except the ones of degree . |
Monolithic group | Yes | Monolith is the alternating group | All symmetric groups are monolithic; is the only case the monolith is not the alternating group. |
One-headed group | Yes | The alternating group is the unique maximal normal subgroup | True for all . |
Elements
Further information: element structure of symmetric group:S5
Upto conjugacy
For convenience, we take the underlying set to be .
There are seven conjugacy classes, corresponding to the unordered integer partitions of (for more information, refer cycle type determines conjugacy class). We use the notation of the cycle decomposition for permutations:
Partition | Partition in grouped form | Verbal description of cycle type | Representative element with the cycle type | Size of conjugacy class | Formula calculating size | Even or odd? If even, splits? If splits, real in alternating group? | Element order | Formula calcuating element order |
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1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 | 1 (5 times) | five fixed points | -- the identity element | 1 | even; no | 1 | ||
2 + 1 + 1 + 1 | 2 (1 time), 1 (3 times) | transposition: one 2-cycle, three fixed point | 10 | or , also in this case | odd | 2 | ||
3 + 1 + 1 | 3 (1 time), 1 (2 times) | one 3-cycle, two fixed points | 20 | or | even; no | 3 | ||
2 + 2 + 1 | 2 (2 times), 1 (1 time) | double transposition: two 2-cycles, one fixed point | 15 | or | even; no | 2 | ||
4 + 1 | 4 (1 time), 1 (1 time) | one 4-cycle, one fixed point | 30 | or | odd | 4 | ||
3 + 2 | 3 (1 time), 2 (1 time) | one 3-cycle, one 2-cycle | 20 | or | odd | 6 | ||
5 | 5 (1 time) | one 5-cycle | 24 | or | even; yes; yes | 5 | ||
Total (7 rows, 7 being the number of unordered integer partitions of 5) | -- | -- | -- | 120 (equals order of the group) | -- | odd: 60 (3 classes) even;no: 36 (3 classes) even;yes;yes: 24 (1 class) |
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Upto automorphism
is a complete group: in particular, every automorphism of the group is inner. Thus, the equivalence classes under automorphisms are the same as the conjugacy classes. In fact, is complete for . See symmetric groups on finite sets are complete.
Endomorphisms
Further information: endomorphism structure of symmetric group:S5
Summary information
Construct | Value | Order | Second part of GAP ID (if group) |
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endomorphism monoid | ? | 146 | -- |
automorphism group | symmetric group:S5 | 120 | 34 |
inner automorphism group | symmetric group:S5 | 120 | 34 |
extended automorphism group | direct product of S5 and Z2 | 240 | 189 |
Automorphisms
Since is a complete group, it is isomorphic to its automorphism group, where each element of acts on by conjugation. Further information: symmetric groups on finite sets are complete
Subgroups
Further information: Subgroup structure of symmetric group:S5
Quick summary
Item | Value |
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Number of subgroups | 156 Compared with : 1,2,6,30,156,1455,11300, 151221 |
Number of conjugacy classes of subgroups | 19 Compared with , : 1,2,4,11,19,56,96,296,554,1593 |
Number of automorphism classes of subgroups | 19 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 15, fusion system is non-inner non-simple fusion system for dihedral group:D8 3-Sylow: cyclic group:Z3, Sylow number is 10, fusion system is non-inner fusion system for cyclic group:Z3 5-Sylow: Z5 in S5, Sylow number is 6, fusion system is universal fusion system for cyclic group:Z5 |
Hall subgroups | -Hall subgroup: S4 in S5 (order 24) No -Hall subgroup or -Hall subgroup |
maximal subgroups | maximal subgroups have orders 12 (direct product of S3 and S2 in S5), 20 (GA(1,5) in S5), 24 (S4 in S5), 60 (A5 in S5) |
normal subgroups | There are three normal subgroups: the whole group, A5 in S5, and the trivial subgroup. |
Table classifying subgroups up to automorphisms
Note that the only normal subgroups are the trivial subgroup, the whole group, and A5 in S5, so we do not waste a column on specifying whether the subgroup is normal and on the quotient group.
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.
GAP implementation
Group ID
This finite group has order 120 and has ID 34 among the groups of order 120 in GAP's SmallGroup library. For context, there are 47 groups of order 120. It can thus be defined using GAP's SmallGroup function as:
SmallGroup(120,34)
For instance, we can use the following assignment in GAP to create the group and name it :
gap> G := SmallGroup(120,34);
Conversely, to check whether a given group is in fact the group we want, we can use GAP's IdGroup function:
IdGroup(G) = [120,34]
or just do:
IdGroup(G)
to have GAP output the group ID, that we can then compare to what we want.
Other descriptions
Description | Functions used |
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SymmetricGroup(5) | SymmetricGroup |
PGL(2,5) | PGL |