Whole Numbers in Number System
In mathematics, the number system consists of all types of numbers, including natural numbers and whole numbers, prime numbers and composite numbers, integers, real numbers, and imaginary numbers, etc., which are all used to perform various calculations.
- Whole numbers include natural numbers (that begin from 1 onwards), along with 0.
- Whole numbers are part of real numbers including all the positive integers and zero, but not the fractions, decimals, or negative numbers.
- Counting numbers are also considered as whole numbers. In this lesson, we will learn whole numbers and related concepts.
Predecessor and Successor
- A successor of any number is the next number to it, which is obtained by adding 1.
- A predecessor of any number is the previous number to it, which is obtained by subtracting 1.
- For example, the predecessor and the successor of the number 12 is 12 – 1 and 12 + 1 which is 11 and 13
Predecessor and Successor
- We see numbers everywhere around the world, for counting objects, for representing or exchanging money, for measuring the temperature, telling time, etc.
- There is almost nothing that doesn't involve numbers, be it match scores, for players not scoring any run, we say 0 runs, be it cooking recipes, counting on objects, etc.
- Whole Numbers is a set of numbers formed, including all positive integers and 0.
Question for Whole Numbers
Try yourself:Write the smallest natural number. Can you write the largest natural number?
Explanation
- The smallest natural number is 1, not 0 because 0 was invented by Aryabhatta.
- The largest natural number cannot be written because the natural number goes up to infinite.
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What are Whole Numbers?
Natural numbers refer to a set of positive integers and on the other hand, natural numbers along with zero(0) form a set, referred to as whole numbers. However, zero is an undefined identity that represents a null set or no result at all.
- The whole numbers are a set of numbers without fractions, decimals, or even negative integers. It is a collection of positive integers and zero.
- The symbol to represent whole numbers is the alphabet ‘W’ in capital letters, such as W = 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10,…
- The primary difference between natural and whole numbers is zero.
Smallest Whole Number
Whole numbers start from 0 (from the definition of whole numbers). Thus, 0 is the smallest whole number.
- The concept of zero was first defined by a Hindu astronomer and mathematician Brahmagupta in 628.
- In simple language, zero is a number that lies between the positive and negative numbers on a number line.
- As such zero carries no value, though it is used as a placeholder. So zero is neither a positive number nor a negative number, but it is an even number.
Whole Numbers Vs Natural Numbers
From the above definitions, we can understand that every whole number other than 0 is a natural number.
- Also, every natural number is a whole number.
- So, the set of natural numbers is a part of the set of whole numbers or a subset of whole numbers.
Set of Whole Numbers
Difference Between Whole Numbers and Natural Numbers
Let's understand the difference between whole numbers and natural numbers through the table given below:
The Number Line
The set of natural numbers and the set of whole numbers can be shown on the number line as given below.
- All the positive integers or the integers on the right-hand side of 0, represent the natural numbers, whereas all the positive integers and zero, altogether represent the whole numbers.
- Both sets of numbers can be represented on the number line as follows:
Question for Whole Numbers
Try yourself:In the given figure, we have two different numbers lines A and B. Which of these two number lines represents the more whole numbers?
Explanation
Number Line B is having more whole numbers from 1 to 20.
Number Line A is having fewer whole numbers from 1 to 10.
Hence, Option B is correct.
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What are the Properties of Whole Numbers?
Operations on whole numbers: addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division, lead to four main properties of whole numbers that are listed below:
- Closure Property
- Associative Property
- Commutative Property
- Distributive Property
Closure Property
- The sum and product of two whole numbers is always a whole number. The closure property of W is stated as follows: For all a,b∈W: a+b∈W and a×b∈W
- Division by Zero
The division of a whole number by o is not defined, i.e., if x is a whole number then x/0 is not defined. - Multiplication by Zero
When a whole number is multiplied to 0, the result is always 0, i.e., x.0 = 0.x = 0.
Question for Whole Numbers
Try yourself:Which of the following satisfies closure property for whole numbers?
Explanation
The correct option is D All of the above
- All numbers are whole numbers.
- For closure property, whole number + whole number = whole number.
- In all the cases, the above property is satisfied.
So, option D is correct.
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Associative Property
- The sum or product of any three whole numbers remains the same though the grouping of numbers is changed.
- The associative property of W is stated as follows: For all a,b,c∈W: a+{b+c}={a+b}+c and a×{b×c}={a×b}×c. For example, 10 + (7 + 12) = (10 + 7) + 12 = (10 + 12) + 7 = 29.
Commutative Property
- The sum and the product of two whole numbers remain the same even after interchanging the order of the numbers.
- The commutative property of W is stated as follows: For all a,b∈W: a+b=b+a and a×b=b×a. This property states that a change in the order of addition does not change the value of the sum.
- Let a and b be two whole numbers, commutative property states that a + b = b + a. For example, a = 10 and b = 19 ⇒ 10 + 19 = 29 = 19 + 10.
- It means that the whole numbers are closed under addition. This property also holds true for multiplication, but not for subtraction or division. For example: 7 x 9 = 63 or 9 x 7 = 63
Distributive Property
- This property states that the multiplication of a whole number is distributed over the sum of the whole numbers.
- It means that when two numbers, take for example a and b are multiplied with the same number c and are then added, then the sum of a and b can be multiplied by c to get the same answer.
- This situation can be represented as: a × (b + c) = (a × b) + (a × c). Let a = 10, b = 20 and c = 7 ⇒ 10 × (20 + 7) = 270 and (10 × 20) + (10 × 7) = 200 + 70 = 270. The same is true for subtraction as well. For e.g we have a × (b − c) = (a × b) − (a × c). Let a = 10, b = 20 and c = 7 ⇒ 10 × (20 − 7) = 130 and (10 × 20) − (10 × 7) = 200 − 70 = 130.
- The distributive property of multiplication over addition is a×(b+c)=a×b+a×c. The distributive property of multiplication over subtraction is a×(b-c)=a×b-a×c.
Identity(For Addition and Multiplication)
Additive Identity
When a whole number is added to 0, its value remains unchanged, i.e., if x is a whole number then x + 0 = 0 + x = x
Multiplicative Identity
When a whole number is multiplied by 1, its value remains unchanged, i.e., if x is a whole number then x.1 = x = 1.x
Patterns
Patterns are used for easy verbal calculations and to understand the numbers better.
We can arrange the numbers using dots in elementary shapes like triangle, square, rectangle, and lines.
1. We can arrange every number using dots in a line
2. We can arrange some numbers using a rectangle.
Example: 6, 8, 10
3. We can arrange some numbers using a square.
Example: 4, 9, 16
4. We can arrange some numbers using a triangle.
Example: 3, 6, 10, 15, 21
Use of Patterns
Patterns can be used to simplify the process.
1. 123 + 9 = 123 + 10 - 1 = 133 -1 = 132
123 + 99 = 123 + 100 – 1 = 223 – 1 = 222
2. 83 × 9 = 83 × (10-1) = 830 – 83 = 747
83 × 99 = 83 × (100-1) = 8300 – 83 = 8217
Important Points
- 0 is a whole number but it is NOT a natural number.
- Negative numbers, fractions, and decimals are neither natural numbers nor whole numbers unless they can be simplified as a natural number or whole number.
- W is closed, associative, and commutative under both addition and multiplication (but not under subtraction and division).
Questions For You
Q.1. Write three consecutive whole numbers occurring just before 320001.
Ans:
The three consecutive whole numbers occurring just before 320001 are:
320001−1 = 320000−1 = 319999−1 = 319998
These are : 320000, 319999, 319998
Q.2. Find the coordinates of points A, B, C, D from the following graph.
Ans:
A = (2,4)
B = (2,-5)
C = (-2,1)
D = (-3,-5)
Q.3. Find the following products, using distributive laws: 472×1097
Ans: Using distributive law of multiplication over addition
We get,
472 × 1097 = 472 × (1000 + 97)
= 472 × 1000 + 472 × 97
= 472000 + 45784
= 517784