# Order (group theory)

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نظام (*Ar*). Ordre (*Fr*). Ordnung (*Ge*). Ordine (*It*). 位数 (*Ja*). Orden (*Sp*).

If *G* is a group consisting of a finite number of elements, this number of elements is the **order** of *G*. For example, the point group `m3m` has order 48.

For an element *g* of a (not necessarily finite) group *G*, the **order** of *g* is the smallest integer *n* such that *g ^{n}* is the identity element of

*G*. If no such integer exists,

*g*is of

**infinite order**. For example, the rotoinversion [math]\bar 3[/math] has order 6 and a translation has infinite order. An element of order 2 is its own inverse and is called an involution.