See element structure of symmetric group:S3 for full details.
Element orders and conjugacy class structure
Review the conjugacy class structure:
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Partition 
Partition in grouped form 
Verbal description of cycle type 
Elements with the cycle type in cycle decomposition notation 
Elements with the cycle type in oneline notation 
Size of conjugacy class 
Formula for size 
Even or odd? If even, splits? If splits, real in alternating group? 
Element order 
Formula calculating element order

1 + 1 + 1 
1 (3 times) 
three fixed points 
 the identity element 
123 
1 

even; no 
1 

2 + 1 
2 (1 time), 1 (1 time) 
transposition in symmetric group:S3: one 2cycle, one fixed point 
, , 
213, 321, 132 
3 

odd 
2 

3 
3 (1 time) 
3cycle in symmetric group:S3: one 3cycle 
, 
231, 312 
2 

even; yes; no 
3 

Total (3 rows  3 being the number of unordered integer partitions of 3) 
 
 
 
 
6 (equals 3!, the size of the symmetric group) 
 
odd: 3 even;no: 1 even; yes; no: 2 
order 1: 1, order 2: 3, order 3: 2 


Multiplication, conjugacy and generating sets
Review the multiplication table in cycle decomposition notation:
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Review the multiplication table in oneline notation:
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Element 
123 
213 
132 
321 
231 
312

123 
123 
213 
132 
321 
231 
312

213 
213 
123 
231 
312 
132 
321

132 
132 
312 
123 
231 
321 
213

321 
321 
231 
312 
123 
213 
132

231 
231 
321 
213 
132 
312 
123

312 
312 
132 
321 
213 
123 
231

Conjugation and commutator operations
Review the conjugation operation:
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Review the commutator operation:
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Here, the two inputs are group elements , and the output is the commutator. We first give the table assuming the left definition of commutator: . Here, the row element is and the column element is . Note that :
The corresponding table with the right definition:
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Here is the information on the number of times each element occurs as a commutator:
Conjugacy class (indexing partition) 
Elements 
Number of occurrences of each as commutator 
Probability of each occurring as the commutator of elements picked uniformly at random 
Total number of occurrences as commutator 
Total probability 
Explanation

1 + 1 + 1 

18 
1/2 
18 
1/2 
See commuting fraction and its relationship with the number of conjugacy classes.

2 + 1 

0 
0 
0 
0 
Not in the derived subgroup.

3 

9 
1/4 
18 
1/2 
