4.1 Hindu-Arabic System

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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:
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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.

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