Properties4 is a composite number, and the first natural number with this property. 4 is an even square number. 4 is the 2nd tetrahedral number. 4 is the 2nd Busy Beaver number. 4 is the 2nd superperfect number. Plugging 2 into the hyper operators degenerates to 4: \(2 \uparrow\uparrow ... \uparrow\uparrow 2 = 4\).
4 is associated with bad luck in Eastern numerology because the Chinese word for "four" sounds similar to the word for "death."
It is possible to test for divisibility by 4 in base 10 by looking at last 2 digits of the number. If the 2-digit number is divisible by 4, then the whole number is.
Ignoring weekdays, the Julian calendar repeats every 4 years.
Its Roman numeral is most commonly IV, but on clock faces, IIII is also used.
Its prime factorization is 4 = 2².
All known multiperfect numbers > 6 are divisible by 4.
Base four, sometimes used as a way of compressing binary, is called quaternary.
In Greek-based number naming systems, 4 is associated with prefix tetra-, and with prefix quadri- in Latin systems.
Googological functions returning 4
- Rado's Sigma Function: \(\Sigma(2)=4\)
- Xi function: \(\Xi(4)=4\)
- Hyperfactorial: \(H(2)=4\)
- Factorexation: \(2\,\backslash=4\)
- Superfactorial (Clifford Pickover): \(2\$=4\)