4.1 Hindu-Arabic System

# 4.1 Hindu-Arabic System -...

This preview shows pages 1–2. Sign up to view the full content.

4.1 Our Hindu-Arabic System and Early Positional Systems number  is an abstract idea that addresses the question “How many?”  A  numeral  is a symbol used to represent a  number.  A  system of numeration  consists of a set of basic numerals and rules for combining them to represent numbers.  We use a numeral system that was invented in India and brought to Europe by the Arabs; thus it is called  Hindu-Arabic  numerals . Exponential Notation  is a simplified method of indicating repeated multiplication of the same number.  Thus,  ×  5  ×  5  (expanded notation) could be written as 5 3  (exponential notation, where 5 is the base and 3 is the exponent indicating how  many fives should be multiplied) and evaluated to equal  125.   If the base is 10, then the exponent indicates how many  zeros should follow the one:  10 7  = 10,000,000.  Evaluate the following:

This preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full Document
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

## This note was uploaded on 01/04/2012 for the course MGF 1107 taught by Professor Patriciabishop during the Fall '11 term at Miami Dade College, Miami.

### Page1 / 2

4.1 Hindu-Arabic System -...

This preview shows document pages 1 - 2. Sign up to view the full document.

View Full Document
Ask a homework question - tutors are online