Types Of Numbers


  • Posted by  Mahesh 
    28 Jan, 2012

    1.Natural Numbers : Counting numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5,..... are called natural numbers.

    2.Whole Numbers : All counting numbers together with zero form the set of whole numbers. Thus,
    (i) 0 is the only whole number which is not a natural number.
    (ii) Every natural number is a whole number.

    3.Integers : All natural numbers, 0 and negatives of counting numbers i.e.,
    {, -3,-2,-1, 0, 1, 2, 3,..} together form the set of integers.
    (i) Positive Integers : {1, 2, 3, 4, ..} is the set of all positive integers.
    (ii) Negative Integers : {- 1, - 2, - 3,..} is the set of all negative integers.
    (iii) Non-Positive and Non-Negative Integers : 0 is neither positive nor
    negative. So, {0, 1, 2, 3,.} represents the set of non-negative integers, while
    {0, -1,-2,-3,..} represents the set of non-positive integers.

    4. Even Numbers : A number divisible by 2 is called an even number, e.g., 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, etc.

    5. Odd Numbers : A number not divisible by 2 is called an odd number. e.g., 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, etc.

    6. Prime Numbers : A number greater than 1 is called a prime number, if it has exactly two factors, namely 1 and the number itself.
    Prime numbers upto 100 are : 2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 13, 17, 19, 23, 29, 31, 37, 41, 43,
    47, 53, 59, 61, 67, 71, 73, 79, 83, 89, 97.
    Prime numbers Greater than 100 : Let p be a given number greater than 100. To find out whether it is prime or not, we use the following method :
    Find a whole number nearly greater than the square root of p. Let k > *jp. Test whether p is divisible by any prime number less than k. If yes, then p is not prime. Otherwise, p is prime.
    e.g,,We have to find whether 191 is a prime number or not. Now, 14 > V191.
    Prime numbers less than 14 are 2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 13.
    191 is not divisible by any of them. So, 191 is a prime number.

    7.Composite Numbers : Numbers greater than 1 which are not prime, are known as composite numbers, e.g., 4, 6, 8, 9, 10, 12.
    Note :
    (i) 1 is neither prime nor composite.
    (ii) 2 is the only even number which is prime.
    (iii) There are 25 prime numbers between 1 and 100.

    8. Co-primes : Two numbers a and b are said to be co-primes, if their H.C.F. is 1. e.g., (2, 3), (4, 5), (7, 9), (8, 11), etc. are co-primes

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