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Whole numbers definition

Whole numbers definition:

Whole numbers are natural numbers and zero.

Whole numbers examples

The examples of whole numbers in algebra:

0; 1; 2; 3; 4;...

Whole numbers examples in real life

The examples of whole numbers in real life:

one person
two cats
five stars

In the example above, the one, two, five are whole numbers.

Whole numbers and natural numbers difference

Natural numbers are part of whole numbers. Zero is a whole number but not natural.

Is zero a whole number or not?

Is zero a whole number or not? Yes, it is.

How many whole numbers are there?

How many whole numbers are there? There is an endless amount of whole numbers.

What is the smallest whole number?

What is the smallest whole number? The smallest whole number is zero.

What is the largest whole number?

What is the largest whole number? The largest whole number is unknown. There is an endless amount of whole numbers and we cannot indicate the largest number.

Sum of whole numbers

The sum of whole numbers is always a whole number.

Example. Here a and b are two whole numbers:

a + b = c
(here c is a whole number)

Product of two whole numbers

The product of two whole numbers is always a whole number.

Example. Here a and b are two whole numbers:

a * b = c
(here c is a whole number)

Difference of two whole numbers

The difference of whole numbers is not always a whole number.

The difference of whole numbers is a whole number if the minuend is greater than (or equal to) the subtrahend.

Example. Here a and b are two whole numbers and a >= b:

a - b = c
(here c is a whole number)

Example. Here a and b are two whole numbers and a < b:

a - b = c
(here c is not a whole number)