Types of Numbers

# 1. Natural Numbers

Natural Numbers are counting Numbers. They are denoted by N. For example : N ={1,2,3…..}.

· All natural numbers are positive

· Zero is not a natural number. Therefore, 1 is the smallest natural number.

# 2. Whole Numbers

All natural numbers and zero form the set of whole numbers. Whole numbers are denoted by W. For example: W = {0,1,2,3…..}

· Zero is the smallest whole number.

· Whole numbers are also called as non-negative integers.

# 3. Integers

Whole numbers and negative numbers form the set of integers. They are denoted by I. For example : I ={….., -4, -3, -2, -1, 0 ,1, 2, 3, 4,….}

Integers are of two types.

**(1)**

**Positive Integers :**Natural numbers are called as positive integers. They are denoted by I

^{+}. For Example : I

^{+}={1,2,3,4….}

**(2)**

**Negative Integers :**Negative of natural numbers are called as Negative Integers. They are denoted by I

^{-}. For example : I

^{-}= {-1,-2,-3,….}

# 4. Even Numbers

A counting number which is divisible by 2 is called an even number. For example : 2,4,6,8,10,12,…. Etc.

· The unit’s place of every even number will be 0,2,4,6 or 8.

# 5. Odd Numbers

A counting Number which is not divisible by 2 is known as an Odd Number. For example: 1,3,5,7,9,11,13,15….etc.

· The unit’s place of every odd number will be 1,3,5,7 or 9.

# 6. Prime numbers

A counting number which is called a prime number when it is exactly divisible by 1 and itself. For example: 2,3,5,7,11,13…etc.

· 2 is the only even number which is prime. It’s thus the smallest prime number as well.

· A prime number is always greater than 1.

· 1 is not a prime number . Therefore, the lowest odd prime number is 3.

· Every prime number greater than 3 can be represented by 6n+1 where n is an integer.

# 7. Composite Numbers

Composite numbers are non-prime natural numbers. They must have atleast one factor apart from 1 and itself. For example: 4,6,8,9, etc.

· Composite numbers can be both odd and even.

· 2 is not a composite number.

· 1 is neither composite nor a prime number.

# 8. Co-Primes Numbers

Two natural numbers are said to be coprimes, if their HCF is 1. For example :(7,9), (15,16) etc.

· Coprime numbers may or may not be prime.

# 9. Rational Numbers

A number that can be expressed as p/q is called a rational number , where p and q are integers and q is not equal to 0. For example : 3/5, 7/9, 13/15 etc

# 10. Irrational Numbers

The numbers that cannot be expressed in the form of p/q are called Irrational numbers, where p and q are integers and q is not equal to 0. For example -

·

# 11. Real Numbers

Real Numbers include rational and irrational numbers both. For example: 7/9,

· Real Numbers are denoted by R.

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