# 24 (number)

24 (twenty-four) is the natural number following 23 and preceding 25.

 << 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 >> Cardinal twenty-four Ordinal twenty-fourth Factorization [itex]2^3 \cdot 3[itex] Roman numeral XXIV Binary 11000 Hexadecimal 18

## In mathematics

It is the factorial of 4 and a composite number, its proper divisors being 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8 and 12, making it a highly composite number. Subtracting one from each of its divisors (except 1 and 2, but including itself) yields a prime number; 24 is the largest number with this property.

There are 10 solutions to the equation φ(x) = 24, namely 35, 39, 45, 52, 56, 70, 72, 78, 84 and 90. This is more than any integer below 24, making 24 a highly totient number.

24 is a nonagonal number. This number is also the sum of a twin prime (11 + 13). It is a Harshad number and a semi-meandric number.

## In other fields

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Twenty-four is:

• The atomic number of chromium
• The number of hours in a day.
• The number of cycles in the Chinese solar year.
• The number of books in the Tanakh.
• Usually the number of teeth in a human child's mouth.
• The number of karats that represents 100% pure gold.
• The number of bits a computer needs to represent truecolour images (for a maximum of 16,777,216 colours).
• The number of letters in both the modern and classical Greek alphabet. For the latter reason, also the number of chapters or "books" into which Homer's Odyssey and Iliad came to be divided.
• The total number of major and minor keys in Western tonal music, not counting enharmonic equivalents. Therefore, for collections of pieces written in each key, the number of pieces in such a collection; e.g., Chopin's 24 Preludes.
• The designation of US Interstate 24, a freeway that runs from Tennessee to Illinois.
• 24, the television series.
• The number of points in backgammon.
• When pronounced "two-four", a 24-pack of beer (Canadianism).
• A children's mathematical game involving the use of any of the 4 standard operations on 4 numbers on a card to get 24.
• Historical years: 24 A.D., 24 B.C., or 1924es:Veinticuatro

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