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NUMBER SYSTEMS 1
File Name : C:\Computer Station\Maths-IX\Chapter\Chap-1\Chap-1 (29–12–2005).PM65
CHAPTER 1
NUMBER SYSTEMS
1.1 Introduction
In your earlier classes, you have learnt about the number line and how to represent
various types of numbers on it (see Fig. 1.1).
Fig. 1.1 : The number line
Just imagine you start from zero and go on walking along this number line in the
positive direction. As far as your eyes can see, there are numbers, numbers and
numbers!
Fig. 1.2
Now suppose you start walking along the number line, and collecting some of the
numbers. Get a bag ready to store them!
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NUMBER SYSTEMS 1
File Name : C:\Computer Station\Maths-IX\Chapter\Chap-1\Chap-1 (29–12–2005).PM65
CHAPTER 1
NUMBER SYSTEMS
1.1 Introduction
In your earlier classes, you have learnt about the number line and how to represent
various types of numbers on it (see Fig. 1.1).
Fig. 1.1 : The number line
Just imagine you start from zero and go on walking along this number line in the
positive direction. As far as your eyes can see, there are numbers, numbers and
numbers!
Fig. 1.2
Now suppose you start walking along the number line, and collecting some of the
numbers. Get a bag ready to store them!
2MA THEMA TICS
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4652
58
0
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You might begin with picking up only natural
numbers like 1, 2, 3, and so on. You know that this list
goes on for ever. (Why is this true?) So, now your
bag contains infinitely many natural numbers! Recall
that we denote this collection by the symbol N.
Now turn and walk all the way back, pick up
zero and put it into the bag. You now have the
collection of whole numbers which is denoted by
the symbol W.
Now, stretching in front of you are many, many negative integers. Put all the
negative integers into your bag. What is your new collection? Recall that it is the
collection of all integers, and it is denoted by the symbol Z.
Are there some numbers still left on the line? Of course! There are numbers like
13
,
24
,
 or even 
2005
2006
?
. If you put all such numbers also into the bag, it will now be the
Z comes from the
German word
“zahlen”, which means
“to count”.
Q
–6721
12
1
3
–1
9
81
16
1
4
2005
2006
–12
13
9
14
–6625
-65
60
19
19
999
0
–6
7
27
58
2005
2006
3
–5
16
60
999
4
–8
–6625
58
0
27
71
17
981
–12
13
89
–6
7
2
3
9
14
–
Why Z ?
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NUMBER SYSTEMS 1
File Name : C:\Computer Station\Maths-IX\Chapter\Chap-1\Chap-1 (29–12–2005).PM65
CHAPTER 1
NUMBER SYSTEMS
1.1 Introduction
In your earlier classes, you have learnt about the number line and how to represent
various types of numbers on it (see Fig. 1.1).
Fig. 1.1 : The number line
Just imagine you start from zero and go on walking along this number line in the
positive direction. As far as your eyes can see, there are numbers, numbers and
numbers!
Fig. 1.2
Now suppose you start walking along the number line, and collecting some of the
numbers. Get a bag ready to store them!
2MA THEMA TICS
File Name : C:\Computer Station\Maths-IX\Chapter\Chap-1\Chap-1 (29–12–2005).PM65
3
-40
166
22
-75
2
1
9
0
Z
3
40
16
74
5
2
601
422
58
0
-3
-757
-66
-21
-40
31
71
3
40
16
74
5
2
601
29
58
0
W
9
40
16
74
5
2
601
4652
58
0
31
1
71
10
N
You might begin with picking up only natural
numbers like 1, 2, 3, and so on. You know that this list
goes on for ever. (Why is this true?) So, now your
bag contains infinitely many natural numbers! Recall
that we denote this collection by the symbol N.
Now turn and walk all the way back, pick up
zero and put it into the bag. You now have the
collection of whole numbers which is denoted by
the symbol W.
Now, stretching in front of you are many, many negative integers. Put all the
negative integers into your bag. What is your new collection? Recall that it is the
collection of all integers, and it is denoted by the symbol Z.
Are there some numbers still left on the line? Of course! There are numbers like
13
,
24
,
 or even 
2005
2006
?
. If you put all such numbers also into the bag, it will now be the
Z comes from the
German word
“zahlen”, which means
“to count”.
Q
–6721
12
1
3
–1
9
81
16
1
4
2005
2006
–12
13
9
14
–6625
-65
60
19
19
999
0
–6
7
27
58
2005
2006
3
–5
16
60
999
4
–8
–6625
58
0
27
71
17
981
–12
13
89
–6
7
2
3
9
14
–
Why Z ?
NUMBER SYSTEMS 3
File Name : C:\Computer Station\Maths-IX\Chapter\Chap-1\Chap-1 (29–12–2005).PM65
collection of rational numbers. The collection of rational numbers is denoted by Q.
‘Rational’ comes from the word ‘ratio’, and Q comes from the word ‘quotient’.
You may recall the definition of rational numbers:
A number ‘r’ is called a rational number, if it can be written in the form 
p
q
,
where p and q are integers and q ? 0. (Why do we insist that q ? 0?)
Notice that all the numbers now in the bag can be written in the form 
p
q
, where p
and q are integers and q ? 0. For example, –25 can be written as 
25
;
1
?
 here p = –25
and q = 1. Therefore, the rational numbers also include the natural numbers, whole
numbers and integers.
You also know that the rational numbers do not have a unique representation in
the form 
p
q
, where p and q are integers and q ? 0. For example, 
1
2
 = 
2
4
 = 
10
20
 = 
25
50
= 
47
94
, and so on. These are equivalent rational numbers (or fractions). However,
when we say that 
p
q
 is a rational number, or when we represent 
p
q
 on the number
line, we assume that q ? 0 and that  p and q have no common factors other than 1
(that is, p and q are co-prime). So, on the number line, among the infinitely many
fractions equivalent to 
1
2
, we will choose 
1
2
 to represent all of them.
Now, let us solve some examples about the different types of numbers, which you
have studied in earlier classes.
Example 1 : Are the following statements true or false? Give reasons for your answers.
(i) Every whole number is a natural number.
(ii) Every integer is a rational number.
(iii) Every rational number is an integer.
Solution : (i) False, because zero is a whole number but not a natural number.
(ii) True, because every integer m can be expressed in the form 
1
m
, and so it is a
rational number.
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NUMBER SYSTEMS 1
File Name : C:\Computer Station\Maths-IX\Chapter\Chap-1\Chap-1 (29–12–2005).PM65
CHAPTER 1
NUMBER SYSTEMS
1.1 Introduction
In your earlier classes, you have learnt about the number line and how to represent
various types of numbers on it (see Fig. 1.1).
Fig. 1.1 : The number line
Just imagine you start from zero and go on walking along this number line in the
positive direction. As far as your eyes can see, there are numbers, numbers and
numbers!
Fig. 1.2
Now suppose you start walking along the number line, and collecting some of the
numbers. Get a bag ready to store them!
2MA THEMA TICS
File Name : C:\Computer Station\Maths-IX\Chapter\Chap-1\Chap-1 (29–12–2005).PM65
3
-40
166
22
-75
2
1
9
0
Z
3
40
16
74
5
2
601
422
58
0
-3
-757
-66
-21
-40
31
71
3
40
16
74
5
2
601
29
58
0
W
9
40
16
74
5
2
601
4652
58
0
31
1
71
10
N
You might begin with picking up only natural
numbers like 1, 2, 3, and so on. You know that this list
goes on for ever. (Why is this true?) So, now your
bag contains infinitely many natural numbers! Recall
that we denote this collection by the symbol N.
Now turn and walk all the way back, pick up
zero and put it into the bag. You now have the
collection of whole numbers which is denoted by
the symbol W.
Now, stretching in front of you are many, many negative integers. Put all the
negative integers into your bag. What is your new collection? Recall that it is the
collection of all integers, and it is denoted by the symbol Z.
Are there some numbers still left on the line? Of course! There are numbers like
13
,
24
,
 or even 
2005
2006
?
. If you put all such numbers also into the bag, it will now be the
Z comes from the
German word
“zahlen”, which means
“to count”.
Q
–6721
12
1
3
–1
9
81
16
1
4
2005
2006
–12
13
9
14
–6625
-65
60
19
19
999
0
–6
7
27
58
2005
2006
3
–5
16
60
999
4
–8
–6625
58
0
27
71
17
981
–12
13
89
–6
7
2
3
9
14
–
Why Z ?
NUMBER SYSTEMS 3
File Name : C:\Computer Station\Maths-IX\Chapter\Chap-1\Chap-1 (29–12–2005).PM65
collection of rational numbers. The collection of rational numbers is denoted by Q.
‘Rational’ comes from the word ‘ratio’, and Q comes from the word ‘quotient’.
You may recall the definition of rational numbers:
A number ‘r’ is called a rational number, if it can be written in the form 
p
q
,
where p and q are integers and q ? 0. (Why do we insist that q ? 0?)
Notice that all the numbers now in the bag can be written in the form 
p
q
, where p
and q are integers and q ? 0. For example, –25 can be written as 
25
;
1
?
 here p = –25
and q = 1. Therefore, the rational numbers also include the natural numbers, whole
numbers and integers.
You also know that the rational numbers do not have a unique representation in
the form 
p
q
, where p and q are integers and q ? 0. For example, 
1
2
 = 
2
4
 = 
10
20
 = 
25
50
= 
47
94
, and so on. These are equivalent rational numbers (or fractions). However,
when we say that 
p
q
 is a rational number, or when we represent 
p
q
 on the number
line, we assume that q ? 0 and that  p and q have no common factors other than 1
(that is, p and q are co-prime). So, on the number line, among the infinitely many
fractions equivalent to 
1
2
, we will choose 
1
2
 to represent all of them.
Now, let us solve some examples about the different types of numbers, which you
have studied in earlier classes.
Example 1 : Are the following statements true or false? Give reasons for your answers.
(i) Every whole number is a natural number.
(ii) Every integer is a rational number.
(iii) Every rational number is an integer.
Solution : (i) False, because zero is a whole number but not a natural number.
(ii) True, because every integer m can be expressed in the form 
1
m
, and so it is a
rational number.
4MA THEMA TICS
File Name : C:\Computer Station\Maths-IX\Chapter\Chap-1\Chap-1 (29–12–2005).PM65
(iii) False, because 
3
5
 is not an integer.
Example 2 : Find five rational numbers between 1 and 2.
We can approach this problem in at least two ways.
Solution 1 : Recall that to find a rational number between r and s, you can add r and
s and divide the sum by 2, that is 
2
rs ?
 lies between r and s. So, 
3
2
 is a number
between 1 and 2. You can proceed in this manner to find four more rational numbers
between 1 and 2. These four numbers are 
51113 7
. ,, and
48 8 4
Solution 2 : The other option is to find all the five rational numbers in one step. Since
we want five numbers, we write 1 and 2 as rational numbers with denominator 5 + 1,
i.e., 1 = 
6
6
 and 2 = 
12
6
. Then you can check that 
7
6
, 
8
6
, 
9
6
, 
10
6
 and 
11
6
 are all rational
numbers between 1 and 2. So, the five numbers are 
743 5 11
, ,, and
632 3 6
.
Remark : Notice that in Example 2, you were asked to find five rational numbers
between 1 and 2. But, you must have realised that in fact there are infinitely many
rational numbers between 1 and 2. In general, there are infinitely many rational
numbers between any two given rational numbers.
Let us take a look at the number line again. Have you picked up all the numbers?
Not, yet. The fact is that there are infinitely many more numbers left on the number
line! There are gaps in between the places of the numbers you picked up, and not just
one or two but infinitely many. The amazing thing is that there are infinitely many
numbers lying between any two of these gaps too!
So we are left with the following questions:
1. What are the numbers, that are left on the number
line, called?
2. How do we recognise them? That is, how do we
distinguish them from the rationals (rational
numbers)?
These questions will be answered in the next section.
Page 5


NUMBER SYSTEMS 1
File Name : C:\Computer Station\Maths-IX\Chapter\Chap-1\Chap-1 (29–12–2005).PM65
CHAPTER 1
NUMBER SYSTEMS
1.1 Introduction
In your earlier classes, you have learnt about the number line and how to represent
various types of numbers on it (see Fig. 1.1).
Fig. 1.1 : The number line
Just imagine you start from zero and go on walking along this number line in the
positive direction. As far as your eyes can see, there are numbers, numbers and
numbers!
Fig. 1.2
Now suppose you start walking along the number line, and collecting some of the
numbers. Get a bag ready to store them!
2MA THEMA TICS
File Name : C:\Computer Station\Maths-IX\Chapter\Chap-1\Chap-1 (29–12–2005).PM65
3
-40
166
22
-75
2
1
9
0
Z
3
40
16
74
5
2
601
422
58
0
-3
-757
-66
-21
-40
31
71
3
40
16
74
5
2
601
29
58
0
W
9
40
16
74
5
2
601
4652
58
0
31
1
71
10
N
You might begin with picking up only natural
numbers like 1, 2, 3, and so on. You know that this list
goes on for ever. (Why is this true?) So, now your
bag contains infinitely many natural numbers! Recall
that we denote this collection by the symbol N.
Now turn and walk all the way back, pick up
zero and put it into the bag. You now have the
collection of whole numbers which is denoted by
the symbol W.
Now, stretching in front of you are many, many negative integers. Put all the
negative integers into your bag. What is your new collection? Recall that it is the
collection of all integers, and it is denoted by the symbol Z.
Are there some numbers still left on the line? Of course! There are numbers like
13
,
24
,
 or even 
2005
2006
?
. If you put all such numbers also into the bag, it will now be the
Z comes from the
German word
“zahlen”, which means
“to count”.
Q
–6721
12
1
3
–1
9
81
16
1
4
2005
2006
–12
13
9
14
–6625
-65
60
19
19
999
0
–6
7
27
58
2005
2006
3
–5
16
60
999
4
–8
–6625
58
0
27
71
17
981
–12
13
89
–6
7
2
3
9
14
–
Why Z ?
NUMBER SYSTEMS 3
File Name : C:\Computer Station\Maths-IX\Chapter\Chap-1\Chap-1 (29–12–2005).PM65
collection of rational numbers. The collection of rational numbers is denoted by Q.
‘Rational’ comes from the word ‘ratio’, and Q comes from the word ‘quotient’.
You may recall the definition of rational numbers:
A number ‘r’ is called a rational number, if it can be written in the form 
p
q
,
where p and q are integers and q ? 0. (Why do we insist that q ? 0?)
Notice that all the numbers now in the bag can be written in the form 
p
q
, where p
and q are integers and q ? 0. For example, –25 can be written as 
25
;
1
?
 here p = –25
and q = 1. Therefore, the rational numbers also include the natural numbers, whole
numbers and integers.
You also know that the rational numbers do not have a unique representation in
the form 
p
q
, where p and q are integers and q ? 0. For example, 
1
2
 = 
2
4
 = 
10
20
 = 
25
50
= 
47
94
, and so on. These are equivalent rational numbers (or fractions). However,
when we say that 
p
q
 is a rational number, or when we represent 
p
q
 on the number
line, we assume that q ? 0 and that  p and q have no common factors other than 1
(that is, p and q are co-prime). So, on the number line, among the infinitely many
fractions equivalent to 
1
2
, we will choose 
1
2
 to represent all of them.
Now, let us solve some examples about the different types of numbers, which you
have studied in earlier classes.
Example 1 : Are the following statements true or false? Give reasons for your answers.
(i) Every whole number is a natural number.
(ii) Every integer is a rational number.
(iii) Every rational number is an integer.
Solution : (i) False, because zero is a whole number but not a natural number.
(ii) True, because every integer m can be expressed in the form 
1
m
, and so it is a
rational number.
4MA THEMA TICS
File Name : C:\Computer Station\Maths-IX\Chapter\Chap-1\Chap-1 (29–12–2005).PM65
(iii) False, because 
3
5
 is not an integer.
Example 2 : Find five rational numbers between 1 and 2.
We can approach this problem in at least two ways.
Solution 1 : Recall that to find a rational number between r and s, you can add r and
s and divide the sum by 2, that is 
2
rs ?
 lies between r and s. So, 
3
2
 is a number
between 1 and 2. You can proceed in this manner to find four more rational numbers
between 1 and 2. These four numbers are 
51113 7
. ,, and
48 8 4
Solution 2 : The other option is to find all the five rational numbers in one step. Since
we want five numbers, we write 1 and 2 as rational numbers with denominator 5 + 1,
i.e., 1 = 
6
6
 and 2 = 
12
6
. Then you can check that 
7
6
, 
8
6
, 
9
6
, 
10
6
 and 
11
6
 are all rational
numbers between 1 and 2. So, the five numbers are 
743 5 11
, ,, and
632 3 6
.
Remark : Notice that in Example 2, you were asked to find five rational numbers
between 1 and 2. But, you must have realised that in fact there are infinitely many
rational numbers between 1 and 2. In general, there are infinitely many rational
numbers between any two given rational numbers.
Let us take a look at the number line again. Have you picked up all the numbers?
Not, yet. The fact is that there are infinitely many more numbers left on the number
line! There are gaps in between the places of the numbers you picked up, and not just
one or two but infinitely many. The amazing thing is that there are infinitely many
numbers lying between any two of these gaps too!
So we are left with the following questions:
1. What are the numbers, that are left on the number
line, called?
2. How do we recognise them? That is, how do we
distinguish them from the rationals (rational
numbers)?
These questions will be answered in the next section.
NUMBER SYSTEMS 5
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EXERCISE 1.1
1. Is zero a rational number? Can you write it in the form 
p
q
, where p and q are integers
and q ? 0?
2. Find six rational numbers between 3 and 4.
3. Find five rational numbers between 
3
5
 and 
4
5
.
4. State whether the following statements are true or false. Give reasons for your answers.
(i) Every natural number is a whole number .
(ii) Every integer is a whole number .
(iii) Every rational number is a whole number .
1.2 Irrational Numbers
We saw, in the previous section, that there may be numbers on the number line that
are not rationals. In this section, we are going to investigate these numbers. So far, all
the numbers you have come across, are of the form 
p
q
, where p and q are integers
and q ? 0. So, you may ask: are there numbers which are not of this form? There are
indeed such numbers.
The Pythagoreans in Greece, followers of the famous
mathematician and philosopher Pythagoras, were the first
to discover the numbers which were not rationals, around
400 BC. These numbers are called irrational numbers
(irrationals), because they cannot be written in the form of
a ratio of integers. There are many myths surrounding the
discovery of irrational numbers by the Pythagorean,
Hippacus of Croton. In all the myths, Hippacus has an
unfortunate end, either for discovering that 2 is irrational
or for disclosing the secret about 2 to people outside the
secret Pythagorean sect!
 Let us formally define these numbers.
A number ‘s’ is called irrational, if it cannot be written in the form 
p
q
, where p
and q are integers and q ? 0.
Pythagoras
(569 BCE – 479 BCE)
Fig. 1.3
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