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What is Number System? 

The number system or the numeral system is the system of naming or representing numbers. There are various types of number systems in maths like binary, decimal, etc. This lesson covers the entire concepts of the numeral system with their types, conversions and questions.

Numbers and Number System:

Numbers are of many types. These can be defined as given below:       

  • Numerals: A group of figures is called a numeral. e.g.: 15, 955, -10, -2, 
  • Natural no.s: The numbers we use for counting the natural objects are known as natural numbers.
    These numbers are denoted by N.
    So N = (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 ------) Zero is not a natural number.
  • Whole nos: On including zero (0) in natural no.s, the set of numbers we get, is known as whole nos. and is denoted by W.
    So W = ( 0, 1, 2, 3, 4 --------)
  • Even numbers: The number which is divisible by 2 is called an even number. Such numbers are expressed as 2k (where k is any natural number. Even numbers can be expressed as 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 --------
  • Odd numbers: Numbers which are not divisible by 2 are called odd numbers. These numbers are expressed as 2k-1 or 2k+1 (where k is any natural number)example: 1, 3, 5, 7, 9.......
  • Prime numbers: A number which is not divisible by any number other than 1 and itself is known as prime numbers. eg: 2, 3, 5, 7, 11..............
    1 is not a prime number as it does not have two divisors.
  • Composite numbers: The no.s other than 1, which are not prime, are called composite no.s.
  • Consecutive numbers: A series of numbers is which each number is one more than its predecessor, is called a series of consecutive numbers.
    For example:
    7, 8 are consecutive nos.
    8, 9, 10 are consecutive nos.
    56, 57, 58, 59 is a series of consecutive numbers.
  • Integers: All the +ve whole numbers, all –ve whole no.s and zero are called integers. Eg. -5, -4, -3, -2, -1, 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6..... are all integers. These are denoted by I.
  • Rational numbers: Any number which can be expressed in the form of p/q is known as a Rational Number. p and q are integers and q is not equal to zero. All –ve and +ve fractions, all +ve and –ve decimal numbers and all integers are rational numbers.Numbers and Number System - 1 | Quantitative Techniques for CLAT
  • Irrational No.s: The numbers which cannot be expressed in the form of p/q (where p and q are integers and q is not zero) are called irrational no.s. eg:   Numbers and Number System - 1 | Quantitative Techniques for CLAT
  • Real nos: All rational and irrational no.s. are real numbers eg: -2.3, 0, 5.3 and Numbers and Number System - 1 | Quantitative Techniques for CLAT
  • Imaginary nos: Numbers which have only been imagined and cannot be represented on a number line, are called imaginary numbers.
    For example  Numbers and Number System - 1 | Quantitative Techniques for CLAT
  • Number line: It is a line on which all the +ve and –ve numbers can be marked.
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Numbers and Number System - 1 | Quantitative Techniques for CLAT

Some Properties of Numbers

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  • Sum and product of two natural numbers is always a natural number.
  • Difference and division of two natural numbers may or may not be a natural number.
  • Sum, difference and product of two integers is always an integer.
  • (Division of two integers may or may not be an integer.
  • Sum, difference, product and the quotient of two rational numbers is a rational number.
  • Sum, difference, product and quotient of two irrational numbers may or may not be an irrational number.
  • Sum or difference of a rational and an irrational number is an irrational number.
  • Product of a rational and an irrational number is an irrational number.
  • Sum, difference, product and quotient of two real nos. is always a real number.
  • Rational number 0 is the additive identity.
    i.e. x + 0 = 0 + x = x
  • Rational number 1 is the multiplicative identity.
    a x 1 = 1 x a = a
  • Every non-zero real number has its multiplicative inverse or reciprocal but ‘o’ has no reciprocal.
  • Between any two rational numbers, there is an infinite number of rational numbers.

Other properties of Rational Numbers:

  • For each rational number say x, exactly one of the following three is true
    (a) x > o
    (b) x < o
    (c) x = o
  • For any two rational numbers x and y, exactly one of the following three is true.
    (a) x = y
    (b) x > y  
    (c) x < y
  • If x, y, z, are three rational numbers such that if x > y and y > z then x > z.
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Comparison of Two Rational Numbers

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  • Rational numbers having same denominator.
  • Rational numbers having different denominators.
    (a) If the denominators of two positive rational numbers are the same, the rational number with the smaller numerator is smaller than the other. But for two negative rational numbers, the case will be just the opposite i.e if two negative rational numbers have the same denominator, the rational number with the smaller numerator is greater then the other.
    Numbers and Number System - 1 | Quantitative Techniques for CLAT
    (b) If the denominators of two rational numbers are different, they are first converted into rational numbers having the same denominator and then the rational number with smaller denominator is smaller than the other.

Ascending and Descending Orders of Rational Numbers

Steps to write two or more rational numbers in ascending or descending order.

Step 1: Write the given rational numbers with +ve denominator.

If given rational number are :

Numbers and Number System - 1 | Quantitative Techniques for CLAT

Step 2 :  Find the LCM of denominators.

LCM of 10, 8, 3 and 5 is 120.

Step 3: Write all the given rational numbers with this LCM as denominator so that the numbers so written are equivalent to the given rational numbers.

 Numbers and Number System - 1 | Quantitative Techniques for CLAT
Numbers and Number System - 1 | Quantitative Techniques for CLAT

Step 4: Now compare the , so found equivalent rational numbers on the basis of their numerators.

Since -96 < -84 <- 80 < -75

We get  Numbers and Number System - 1 | Quantitative Techniques for CLAT
Numbers and Number System - 1 | Quantitative Techniques for CLAT   

The second method to decide which rational number is greater and which one is smaller.

Let the rational numbers to be compared areNumbers and Number System - 1 | Quantitative Techniques for CLAT

Step I: Cross multiply the numbers i.e. Numbers and Number System - 1 | Quantitative Techniques for CLAT  

We get 21 and 25.

Out of 21 and 25, 21 is smaller. 

Step II: Find out that this 21 is formed with the help of which numerator. It is 3 of 3/5   

Step III: So 3/5 is the smaller rational no.

Note: If the numbers to be compared are three or more, compare the rational numbers by taking pairs.

Multiplicative Inverse of Rational Number

The multiplicative inverse of a non-zero rational number Numbers and Number System - 1 | Quantitative Techniques for CLAT   

Also for every non-zero rational number a/b , there exists a rational number Numbers and Number System - 1 | Quantitative Techniques for CLAT

If the product of two rational numbers is 1, then we say that one number is the multiplicative inverse of the other.

Caution: There is no multiplicative inverse for the rational number zero.

Prime numbers: If there is a number which has no divisor apart from 1 and itself, it is called a prime number.

Some Characteristics of Prime Numbers

1) There are 25 prime numbers between 1 and 100 2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 13, 17, 19, 23, 29, 31, 37, 41, 43, 47, 53, 59, 61, 67, 71, 73, 79, 83, 89 and 97.

2) 2 is the only even prime number.

3) Between 90 and 100, 97 is the only prime number.

4) 1 is not a prime number. Nor it is a composite no.

To test whether a given number is prime or not.

Step 1. Let the number to be tested be x.

Step 2. Take an integer slightly more than the sq. root of x say y.

Step 3. Test if the given number (x) is divisible by any of the prime numbers less than y

Step 4. If it is not divisible by any of them, then the number x is a prime number., otherwise it is a composite number

Example: Is 377 a prime number?

Solution: 19 is the approximate square root of 377. Prime numbers less than 19 are 2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 13, 17, 377 is divisible by 13.

So, 377 is a composite number.

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Difference between Face value and lace value

Face value of a digit in a numeral

The face value of a digit remains as it is and does not change, what ever place it may occupy in the place-value chart. Thus, the face value of 7 is always 7 where ever it may be.

Place value of a digit in a numeral

The place value of a digit in a numeral depends upon the place it occupies in the place-value chart.

If 5 occurs at one's place, its place value = 5 ones = 5 x 1=5

If 5 occurs at ten's place its place value = 5 x 10=50

If 5 occurs at hundreds place, its place value= 5 hundreds = 5 x 100=500 and so on.

Example: Consider the numeral 5439602

Solution: In this numeral

Place value of 2 is = 2 ones = 2 x 1=2

Place value of 0 is = 0 tens = 0 x 10 = 0

Place value of 6 is = 6 hundreds = 6 x 100 = 600

Place value of 9 is = 9 thousands = 9 x 1000 = 9000

Place value of 3 is = 3 ten thousands = 3 x 10000 = 30,000

Place value of 4 is = 4 lakhs = 4 x 100000 = 400000

Place value of 5 is = 5 ten lakhs = 5 x 10,00000 = 50,00000

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Try yourself: What will be the unit digit of (2153)167?
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1. What is a number system?
Ans. A number system is a way of representing and expressing numbers. It is a set of rules and symbols used to organize and manipulate numbers. Different number systems, such as the decimal system, binary system, or hexadecimal system, have different bases and symbols to represent numbers.
2. How does the decimal number system work?
Ans. The decimal number system, also known as the base-10 system, is the most commonly used number system. It uses ten digits (0-9) and the position of the digits to represent numbers. Each digit's value is multiplied by a power of 10 based on its position in the number, starting from the rightmost digit.
3. What is the binary number system?
Ans. The binary number system is a base-2 number system, using only two digits: 0 and 1. It is commonly used in computing and digital systems. In the binary system, each digit's value is multiplied by a power of 2 based on its position in the number, starting from the rightmost digit.
4. How does the hexadecimal number system work?
Ans. The hexadecimal number system is a base-16 number system. It uses sixteen symbols (0-9 and A-F) to represent numbers. The decimal numbers 10 to 15 are represented by the letters A to F. The hexadecimal system is commonly used in computer programming and digital systems, as it provides a compact representation for binary data.
5. What are the advantages of using different number systems?
Ans. Different number systems have their own advantages and applications. For example: - The decimal system is widely used in everyday life and is easily understood by most people. - The binary system is essential in computing and digital systems, as it represents information using bits (0s and 1s). - The hexadecimal system provides a compact and easy-to-read representation for binary data, making it useful in computer programming. - Different number systems offer different perspectives and insights into mathematical concepts and operations, allowing for more efficient calculations in specific scenarios.
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