# 6 (number)

 ← 5 6 7 →
Cardinalsix
Ordinal6th
(sixth)
Factorization2 × 3
Divisors1, 2, 3, 6
Roman numeralVI
Roman numeral (unicode)Ⅵ, ⅵ, ↅ
Greek prefixhexa-/hex-
Latin prefixsexa-/sex-
Binary1102
Ternary203
Quaternary124
Quinary115
Senary106
Octal68
Duodecimal612
Vigesimal620
Base 36636
Greekστ (or ΣΤ or ς)
Arabic٦
Persian۶
Urdu
Amharic
Bengali
Chinese numeral六，陆
Devanāgarī
Hebrewו (Vav)
Khmer
Thai
Telugu
Tamil

 ← 5 6 7 →
Cardinalsix
Ordinal6th
(sixth)
Factorization2 × 3
Divisors1, 2, 3, 6
Roman numeralVI
Roman numeral (unicode)Ⅵ, ⅵ, ↅ
Greek prefixhexa-/hex-
Latin prefixsexa-/sex-
Binary1102
Ternary203
Quaternary124
Quinary115
Senary106
Octal68
Duodecimal612
Vigesimal620
Base 36636
Greekστ (or ΣΤ or ς)
Arabic٦
Persian۶
Urdu
Amharic
Bengali
Chinese numeral六，陆
Devanāgarī
Hebrewו (Vav)
Khmer
Thai
Telugu
Tamil

6 (six) is the natural number following 5 and preceding 7.

The SI prefix for 10006 is exa (E), and for its reciprocal atto- (a).

## In mathematics

6 is the smallest positive integer which is neither a square number nor a prime number. Six is the second smallest composite number; its proper divisors are 1, 2 and 3.

Since six equals the sum of its proper divisors, six is the smallest perfect number, Granville number, and $\mathcal{S}$-perfect number.[1][2]

As a perfect number:

• 6 is related to the Mersenne prime 3, since 21(22 - 1) = 6. (The next perfect number is 28.)
• 6 is the only even perfect number that is not the sum of successive odd cubes.[3]
• As a perfect number, 6 is the root of the 6-aliquot tree, and is itself the aliquot sum of only one number; the square number, 25.

Six is the only number that is both the sum and the product of three consecutive positive numbers.[4]

Unrelated to 6 being a perfect number, a Golomb ruler of length 6 is a "perfect ruler."[5] Six is a congruent number.

Six is the first discrete biprime (2.3) and the first member of the (2.q) discrete biprime family.

Six is a unitary perfect number, a harmonic divisor number and a superior highly composite number, the last to also be a primorial. The next superior highly composite number is 12. The next primorial is 30.

5 and 6 form a Ruth-Aaron pair under either definition.

The smallest non-abelian group is the symmetric group S3 which has 3! = 6 elements.

S6, with 720 elements, is the only finite symmetric group which has an outer automorphism. This automorphism allows us to construct a number of exceptional mathematical objects such as the S(5,6,12) Steiner system, the projective plane of order 4 and the Hoffman-Singleton graph. A closely related result is the following theorem: 6 is the only natural number n for which there is a construction of n isomorphic objects on an n-set A, invariant under all permutations of A, but not naturally in 1-1 correspondence with the elements of A. This can also be expressed category theoretically: consider the category whose objects are the n element sets and whose arrows are the bijections between the sets. This category has a non-trivial functor to itself only for n=6.

6 similar coins can be arranged around a central coin of the same radius so that each coin makes contact with the central one (and touches both its neighbors without a gap), but seven cannot be so arranged. This makes 6 the answer to the two-dimensional kissing number problem. The densest sphere packing of the plane is obtained by extending this pattern to the hexagonal lattice in which each circle touches just six others.

A cube has 6 faces

6 is the largest of the four all-Harshad numbers.

A six-sided polygon is a hexagon, one of the three regular polygons capable of tiling the plane. Figurate numbers representing hexagons (including six) are called hexagonal numbers. Because 6 is the product of a power of 2 (namely 21) with nothing but distinct Fermat primes (specifically 3), a regular hexagon is a constructible polygon.

Six is also an octahedral number. It is a triangular number and so is its square (36).

There are six basic trigonometric functions.

There are six convex regular polytopes in four dimensions.

Six is the four-bit binary complement of number nine (6 = 01102 and 9 = 10012).

The six exponentials theorem guarantees (given the right conditions on the exponents) the transcendence of at least one of a set of exponentials.

All primes above 3 are of the form 6n±1 for n≥1.

### In numeral systems

BaseNumeral systemRepresentation
2binary110
3ternary20
4quaternary12
5quinary11
6senary10

In bases 10, 15 and 30, 6 is a 1-automorphic number.

### List of basic calculations

Multiplication12345678910111213141516171819202122232425501001000
$6 \times x$61218243036424854606672788490961021081141201261321381441503006006000
Division123456789101112131415
$6 \div x$6321.51.21$0.\overline{85714}\overline{2}$0.75$0.\overline{6}$0.6$0.\overline{5}\overline{4}$0.5$0.\overline{46153}\overline{8}$$0.\overline{42857}\overline{1}$0.4
$x \div 6$$0.1\overline{6}$$0.\overline{3}$0.5$0.\overline{6}$$0.8\overline{3}$1$1.1\overline{6}$$1.\overline{3}$1.5$1.\overline{6}$$1.8\overline{3}$2$2.1\overline{6}$$2.\overline{3}$2.5
Exponentiation12345678910111213
$6 ^ x\,$636216129677764665627993616796161007769660466176362797056217678233613060694016
$x ^ 6\,$164729409615625466561176492621445314411000000177156129859844826809

## Greek and Latin word parts

### Hexa

Hexa is classical Greek for "six". Thus:

### The prefix sex-

Sex- is a Latin prefix meaning "six". Thus:

• Senary is the ordinal adjective meaning "sixth"
• People with sexdactyly have six fingers on each hand (see above photo)
• The measuring instrument called a sextant got its name because its shape forms one-sixth of a whole circle
• A group of six musicians is called a sextet
• Six babies delivered in one birth are sextuplets

## Evolution of the glyph

The evolution of our modern glyph for 6 appears rather simple when compared with that for the other numerals. Our modern 6 can be traced back to the Brahmins of India, who wrote it in one stroke like a cursive lowercase e rotated 90 degrees clockwise. Gradually, the upper part of the stroke (above the central squiggle) became more curved, while the lower part of the stroke (below the central squiggle) became straighter. The Ghubar Arabs dropped the part of the stroke below the squiggle. From there, the European evolution to our modern 6 was very straightforward, aside from a flirtation with a glyph that looked more like an uppercase G.[6]

On the seven-segment displays of calculators and watches, 6 is usually written with six segments. Some historical calculator models use just five segments for the 6, by omitting the top horizontal bar. This glyph variant has not caught on; for calculators that can display results in hexadecimal, a 6 that looks like a 'b' is not practical.

Just as in most modern typefaces, in typefaces with text figures the 6 character usually has an ascender, as, for example, in .

This numeral resembles an inverted 9. To disambiguate the two on objects and documents that can be inverted, the 6 has often been underlined, both in handwriting and on printed labels.

## In music

A standard guitar has 6 strings

### In instruments

• A standard guitar has 6 strings
• Most woodwind instruments have 6 basic holes or keys (e.g., bassoon, clarinet, pennywhistle, saxophone); these holes or keys are usually not given numbers or letters in the fingering charts

### In music theory

• There are 6 semitones in a tritone

### In works

• "Six geese a-laying" were given as a present on the sixth day in the popular Christmas carol, "The Twelve Days of Christmas."
• Divided in six arias, Hexachordum Apollinis is generally regarded as one of the pinnacles of Johann Pachelbel's oeuvre.
• The concerti grossi Opus 3, organ concertos Opus 4 and Opus 7 (each) by Georg Frideric Handel.
• The sixth album by Dream Theater, Six Degrees Of Inner Turbulence, was based around the number six: the album has six songs, and the sixth song — that is, the complete second disc — explores the stories of six individuals suffering from various mental illnesses.

## In science

### Chemistry

The cells of a beehive are 6-sided

### Medicine

• There are 6 tastes in traditional Indian Medicine called Ayurveda: sweet, sour, salty, bitter, pungent, and astringent. These tastes are used to suggest a diet based on the symptoms of the body
• Phase 6 is one of six pandemic influenza phases

### Physics

In the Standard Model of particle physics, there are 6 types of quark and 6 types of lepton

## References

1. ^ Higgins, Peter (2008). Number Story: From Counting to Cryptography. New York: Copernicus. p. 11. ISBN 978-1-84800-000-1.
2. ^ "Granville number". OeisWiki. The Online Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences. Archived from the original on 29 March 2011. Retrieved 27 March 2011.
3. ^ David Wells, The Penguin Dictionary of Curious and Interesting Numbers. London: Penguin Books (1987): 67
4. ^ Peter Higgins, Number Story. London: Copernicus Books (2008): 12
5. ^ Bryan Bunch, The Kingdom of Infinite Number. New York: W. H. Freeman & Company (2000): 72
6. ^ Georges Ifrah, The Universal History of Numbers: From Prehistory to the Invention of the Computer transl. David Bellos et al. London: The Harvill Press (1998): 395, Fig. 24.66
• The Odd Number 6, JA Todd, Math. Proc. Camb. Phil. Soc. 41 (1945) 66—68
• A Property of the Number Six, Chapter 6, P Cameron, JH v. Lint, Designs, Graphs, Codes and their Links ISBN 0-521-42385-6
• Wells, D. The Penguin Dictionary of Curious and Interesting Numbers London: Penguin Group. (1987): 67 - 69