A Conversation for Triangular Numbers

Integers versus Whole Numbers

Post 1

Me, Myself, I, The Old Coot In My Closet, And The Incomparable Id [Call me "Id" for short.]

I have to speak up here about the definition of integers used in the footnote . . . 'whole numbers' is not a valid definition of integers. Whole numbers can be defined as the counting numbers including zero and greater, while integers are whole numbers, inluding zero, *and* negative whole numbers.

Just my two cents, I really enjoyed reading this piece. I think it's very interesting, and that little nit-picky detail was bugging me.

smiley - winkeye
Id


Integers versus Whole Numbers

Post 2

Bagpuss

I always thought that whole numbers meant integers, however in this case I think the article did mean positive integers.


Integers versus Whole Numbers

Post 3

Me, Myself, I, The Old Coot In My Closet, And The Incomparable Id [Call me "Id" for short.]

My Algebra II teacher would be scandalized . . . she spent a month and a half teaching us the different sets of numbers. Real numbers, Imaginary numbers, Rational numbers, Irrational numbers, Whole numbers, Integers, etc.

That's probably the only reason why I caught that. (Thanks, Mrs. D. . . .)

smiley - biggrin
Id


Integers versus Whole Numbers

Post 4

Bagpuss

Well, real, imaginary, rational, irrational and integers have definite definitions, but I don't know about "whole", it seems an entirely non-mathematical term.

Did that really take a month and a half?


Integers versus Whole Numbers

Post 5

Me, Myself, I, The Old Coot In My Closet, And The Incomparable Id [Call me "Id" for short.]

The way I was taught is that 'whole' numbers are positive integers including zero. (The memory trick we were taught was that 'whole' numbers had counting numbers and zero in the set, which looked like a 'hole'.)

I guess it depends on where and what you're taught. smiley - shrug

And about it being a month and a half . . . well, maybe I was exaggerating a *little* bit. smiley - biggrin

smiley - winkeye
Id


Integers versus Whole Numbers

Post 6

Bagpuss

Or by whom you're taught. In the same university, different lecturers will, for example include or exclue 0 in or from the natural numbers.


Integers versus Whole Numbers

Post 7

Me, Myself, I, The Old Coot In My Closet, And The Incomparable Id [Call me "Id" for short.]

They can't agree, huh? Good grief, and I thought English teachers were nuts. smiley - winkeye

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Integers versus Whole Numbers

Post 8

Bagpuss

English teachers are nuts; you weren't wrong. smiley - winkeye


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