Math Basics

All About Numbers

What is a number?

The term number can be defined in many ways, including a sizable collection of people or things, and even an indefinite quantity or collection. In mathematics, a number, or numeral, is usually defined as a symbolic representation of a specific quantity or place in a sequence; to most people, the most familiar numbers are 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and so on.

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Computers have become such an everyday part of our lives that we hardly think about them. Yet the mathematical concepts that lie behind their operations are staggering.



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