|Factorization||2 × 3|
|Divisors||1, 2, 3, 6|
|Roman numeral (unicode)||Ⅵ, ⅵ, ↅ|
|Greek||στ (or ΣΤ or ς)|
|Arabic & Kurdish||٦|
- 1 In mathematics
- 2 Greek and Latin word parts
- 3 Evolution of the glyph
- 4 In music
- 5 In religion
- 6 In science
- 7 In sports
- 8 In technology
- 9 In calendars
- 10 In the arts and entertainment
- 11 In other fields
- 12 References
- 13 External links
In mathematics[edit | edit source]
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.
- 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.
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.
There are no Graeco-Latin squares with order 6. If n is a natural number that is not 2 or 6, then there is a Graeco-Latin square with order n.
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 one-to-one 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.
Six 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.
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.
There are six basic trigonometric functions.
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.
List of basic calculations[edit | edit source]
|6 × x||6||12||18||24||30||36||42||48||54||60||66||72||78||84||90||96||102||108||114||120||150||300||600||6000|
|6 ÷ x||6||3||2||1.5||1.2||1||0.857142||0.75||0.6||0.6||0.54||0.5||0.461538||0.428571||0.4|
|x ÷ 6||0.16||0.3||0.5||0.6||0.83||1||1.16||1.3||1.5||1.6||1.83||2||2.16||2.3||2.5|
Greek and Latin word parts[edit | edit source]
Hexa[edit | edit source]
Hexa is classical Greek for "six". Thus:
- "Hexadecimal" combines hexa- with the Latinate decimal to name a number base of 16
- A hexagon is a regular polygon with six sides
- A hexahedron is a polyhedron with six faces, with a cube being a special case
- Hexameter is a poetic form consisting of six feet per line
- A "hex nut" is a nut with six sides, and a hex bolt has a six-sided head
- The prefix "hexa-" also occurs in the systematic name of many chemical compounds, such as hexane which has 6 carbon atoms (C
The prefix sex-[edit | edit source]
- Senary is the ordinal adjective meaning "sixth"
- People with sexdactyly have six fingers on each hand
- 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
- Sexy prime pairs – Prime pairs differing by six are sexy, because sex is the Latin word for six.
Evolution of the glyph[edit | edit source]
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.
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.
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[edit | edit source]
In artists[edit | edit source]
- Les Six ("The Six" in English) was a group consisting of the French composers Georges Auric, Louis Durey, Arthur Honegger, Darius Milhaud, Francis Poulenc and Germaine Tailleferre in the 1920s
- Bands with the number six in their name include Six Organs of Admittance, 6 O'Clock Saints, Electric Six, Eve 6, Los Xey (sei is Basque for "six"), Out On Blue Six, Six In Six, Sixpence None the Richer, Slant 6, Vanity 6, and You Me At Six
In instruments[edit | edit source]
- A standard guitar has six strings
- Most woodwind instruments have six 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[edit | edit source]
- There are six whole tones in an octave.
- There are six semitones in a tritone.
In works[edit | edit source]
- "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 theme of the sixth album by Dream Theater, Six Degrees Of Inner Turbulence, was 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.
- Aristotle gave six elements of tragedy, the first of which is Mythos.
In religion[edit | edit source]
- There are 6:
- God took six days to create the world in the Old Testament Book of Genesis; humankind was created on day 6. In the City of God, Augustine of Hippo suggested (book 11, chapter 30) that God's creation of the world took six days because 6 is a perfect number.
- The Jewish holiday of Shavuot starts on the sixth day of the Hebrew month of Sivan
- Seraphs have six wings.
- In Islam:
- In Hindu theology, a trasarenu is the combination of six celestial paramānus (atoms).
See also 666.
In science[edit | edit source]
Astronomy[edit | edit source]
- Messier object M6, a magnitude 4.5 open cluster in the constellation Scorpius, also known as the Butterfly Cluster
- The New General Catalogue object NGC 6, a spiral galaxy in the constellation Andromeda
- The Roman numeral VI:
Biology[edit | edit source]
- The cells of a beehive are 6-sided.
- Insects have six legs.
- Six kingdoms in the taxonomic rank below domain (biology); Animalia, Plantae, Fungi, Protista, Archaea/Archaeabacteria, and Bacteria/Eubacteria. See Kingdom (biology).
- The six elements most common in biomolecules are called the CHNOPS elements; the letters stand for the chemical abbreviations of carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen, phosphorus, and sulfur. See CHON.
Chemistry[edit | edit source]
- A benzene molecule has a ring of six carbon atoms.
- 6 is the atomic number of carbon.
- The sixfold symmetry of snowflakes arises from the hexagonal crystal structure of ordinary ice.
- A hexamer is an oligomer made of six subunits.
Medicine[edit | edit source]
- There are six 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[edit | edit source]
- In the Standard Model of particle physics, there are six types of quarks and six types of leptons.
- In statistical mechanics, the six-vertex model has six possible configurations of arrows at each vertex
- There are six colors in the RGB color wheel: (primary) red, blue, green, (secondary) cyan, magenta, and yellow. (See Tertiary color)
- In three-dimensional Euclidean space, there are six unknown support reactions for a statically determinate structure: one force in each of the three dimensions, and one moment through each of three possible orthogonal planes.
In sports[edit | edit source]
- The Original Six teams in the National Hockey League are Toronto, Chicago, Montreal, New York, Boston, and Detroit. They are the oldest remaining teams in the league, though not necessarily the first six; they comprised the entire league from 1942 to 1967
- Number of players:
- In association football (soccer), the number of substitutes combined by both teams, that are allowed in the game.
- In ice hockey, the number of players per team, including the goaltender, that are on the ice at any one time, excluding penalty situations.
- In volleyball, six players from each team on each side play against each other
- Six-man football is a variant of American or Canadian football, played by smaller schools with insufficient enrollment to field the traditional 11-man (American) or 12-man (Canadian) squad
- In most rugby league competitions (but not the European Super League, which uses static squad numbering), the jersey number 6 is worn by the starting five-eighth (Southern Hemisphere term) or stand-off half (Northern Hemisphere term).
- In rugby union, the starting blindside flanker wears jersey number 6. (Some teams use "left" and "right" flankers instead of "openside" and "blindside", with 6 being worn by the starting left flanker.)
In technology[edit | edit source]
- On most phones, the 6 key is associated with the letters M, N, and O, but on the BlackBerry it is the key for J and K, and on the BlackBerry 8700 series and Curve 8900 with full keyboard, it is the key for F
- The "6-meter band" in amateur radio includes the frequencies from 50 to 54 MHz
- 6 is the resin identification code used in recycling to identify polystyrene
In calendars[edit | edit source]
- In the ancient Roman calendar, Sextilis was the sixth month. After the Julian reform, June became the sixth month and Sextilis was renamed August
- Sextidi was the sixth day of the decade in the French Revolutionary calendar
In the arts and entertainment[edit | edit source]
Games[edit | edit source]
- The number of sides on a cube, hence the highest number on a standard die
- The six-sided tiles on a hex grid are used in many tabletop and board games.
- The highest number on one end of a standard domino
Comics and cartoons[edit | edit source]
- The Super 6, an 1966 animated cartoon series featuring six different super-powered heroes.
- The Bionic Six are the heroes of the eponymous animated series
- Sinister Six is a group of super villains who appear in American comic books published by Marvel Comics
Literature[edit | edit source]
- The Power of Six is a book written by Pittacus Lore, and the second in the Lorien Legacies series.
- Number 6 is a character in the book series Lorien Legacies
TV[edit | edit source]
- Number Six (Tricia Helfer), is a family of fictional characters from the reimagined science fiction television series, Battlestar Galactica
- Number 6, the main protagonist in The Prisoner played by Patrick McGoohan, and portrayed by Jim Caviezel in the remake.
- Six is a character in the television series Blossom played by Jenna von Oÿ.
- Six is the nickname of Kal Varrik, a central character in the television series Dark Matter, played by Roger Cross.
- Six is a History channel series that chronicles the operations and daily lives of SEAL Team Six.
Movies[edit | edit source]
In other fields[edit | edit source]
- The name of the smallest group of Cub Scouts and Guiding's equivalent Brownies, traditionally consisting of six people and is led by a "sixer".
- Six pack is a common form of packaging for six bottles or cans of drink (especially beer), and by extension, other assemblages of six items.
- The fundamental flight instruments lumped together on a cockpit display are often called the Basic Six or six-pack.
- A coffin is traditionally buried six feet under the ground; thus, the phrase "six feet under" means that a person (or thing, or concept) is dead
- In Western astrology, Virgo is the 6th astrological sign of the Zodiac
- The number of dots in a Braille cell.
- There are said to be no more than six degrees of separation between any two people on Earth.
- See also Six degrees (disambiguation).
- Extrasensory perception is sometimes called the "sixth sense".
- Six human physical needs: breathe, urination, defecation, water, food, and sex
- The Six Dynasties form part of Chinese history
- 6 is a lucky number in Chinese culture.
- The Birmingham Six were a British miscarriage of justice, held in prison for 16 years.
- "Six" is used as an informal slang term for the British Secret Intelligence Service, MI6.
- Six Flags is an American company running amusement parks and theme parks in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.
- In the U.S. Army "Six" as part of a radio call sign is used by the commanding officer of a unit, while subordinate platoon leaders usually go by "One". (For a similar example see also: Rainbow Six.)
References[edit | edit source]
- Higgins, Peter (2008). Number Story: From Counting to Cryptography. New York: Copernicus. p. 11. ISBN 978-1-84800-000-1.
- "Granville number". OeisWiki. The Online Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences. Archived from the original on 29 March 2011. Retrieved 27 March 2011.
- David Wells, The Penguin Dictionary of Curious and Interesting Numbers. London: Penguin Books (1987): 67
- Peter Higgins, Number Story. London: Copernicus Books (2008): 12
- Bryan Bunch, The Kingdom of Infinite Number. New York: W. H. Freeman & Company (2000): 72
- "Sloane's A003273 : Congruent numbers". The On-Line Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences. OEIS Foundation. Retrieved 2016-06-01.
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- "Sloane's A001599 : Harmonic or Ore numbers". The On-Line Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences. OEIS Foundation. Retrieved 2016-06-01.
- "Sloane's A005900 : Octahedral numbers". The On-Line Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences. OEIS Foundation. Retrieved 2016-06-01.
- Chris K. Caldwell; G. L. Honaker Jr. (2009). Prime Curios!: The Dictionary of Prime Number Trivia. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. p. 11. ISBN 978-1448651702. https://primes.utm.edu/curios/.
- 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
- Mason, Robert (1983). Chickenhawk. London: Corgi Books. p. 141. ISBN 978-0-552-12419-5.
- 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
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