whole numbers


Definition of Whole Numbers

  • The numbers in the set {0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, . . . . } are called whole numbers.
  • In other words, whole numbers is the set of all counting numbers plus zero.

More about Whole Numbers

  • Whole numbers are not fractions, not decimals.
  • Whole numbers are nonnegative integers.

Solved Example on Whole Numbers

Annual revenues of three companies are $4,234,223, $6,246,234 and $2,234,233. Which of them is the least?
Choices:
A. $2,234,233
B. $4,234,223 
C. $6,246,234
Correct Answer: A
Solution:
Step 1: To compare numbers, begin with the greatest place and compare the digits.
Step 2:              [Write the whole numbers one below the other to compare the digits in the corresponding places.]
4 2 3 4 2 2 3
6 2 4 6 2 3 4
2 2 3 4 2 3 3
Step 3:  2 million is less than 4 millions and 6 million. [Digits in the millions place.]
Step 4: So, 2,234,233 is less than 4,234,223 and 6,246,234.
Step 5: Revenue of $2,234,233 is the least among the given.

Related Terms for Whole Numbers

  • Counting Numbers
  • Nonnegative Integers