**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