Definition. Numbers are simply a set of symbols that are meant to represent quantity.

Two apples, five spoons, ten books, one hundred rubles, seven tulips. Every day we turn to numbers sometimes without even noticing it.

In the early days, when people were taught to read and calculate, the number of objects was represented by sticks:

  • One item was represented as |
  • Two objects as | |
  • Three objects as | | |
  • Four objects as | | | |
  • Five objects as | | | | |

As people became more literate, they realized that a large number of objects could not be represented by sticks, so they replaced the sticks with numbers.

Today in mathematics, digits are used to represent numbers - 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9.

Numbers scare away most of schoolchildren and students because they are associated with mathematics and "scary formulas". In fact, there's nothing scary about it. Numbers are simply a set of symbols that are meant to represent numbers. Simply put, to denote the number of items.

That's all there is to it. This introduction in numbers is over. We will study it much better in the future, but for now, this lesson is over.

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+1 #6 Monique 2022-03-23 15:02
Quoting Ken:
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+3 #5 Lucas 2021-12-22 17:14
I would put this quote as "Numbers are simply a set of symbols that are meant to represent quantity."

As used here, the word "numbers" and "number" wants to mean "digits/symbols" and "quantity of items"
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+3 #4 Ashley 2021-12-03 15:05
Quoting Ken:
I’m getting my life together, and decided to go to college to pursue a business major in MIS...

After reading this, you are a serious motivation to me. Thank you so much.
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+4 #3 Ken 2021-12-01 06:59
I’m getting my life together, and decided to go to college to pursue a business major in MIS. I am ashamed to admit that I was a horrible student in high school, and graduated my senior year in geometry but did not retain any information from that class or the ones before. I am starting from scratch and will not give up. I’ve looked up books to buy but this website seems like it will be a big part of my progress, so thank you for creating this!
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+2 #2 Rosie 2021-07-16 09:36
I'm ready to start.
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+11 #1 Bob 2020-12-26 11:44
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