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bob bundy
2013-09-04 03:38:47

Once again, we stumble on the issue of a definition.  There is no one reliable dictionary of mathematical terms.  That's why I looked on MIF.  Obviously, I am happy to take that as the best source of information.  smile


2013-09-03 07:47:41


Yes, in some interpretations the whole numbers and the integers are the same. The question is ambiguous.

This is the best explanation I could find:

One of the numbers 1, 2, 3, ...  also called the counting numbers or natural numbers. 0 is sometimes included in the list of "whole" numbers (Bourbaki 1968, Halmos 1974), but there seems to be no general agreement. Some authors also interpret "whole number" to mean "a number having fractional part of zero," making the whole numbers equivalent to the integers.

Due to lack of standard terminology, the following terms are recommended in preference to "counting number," "natural number," and "whole number."

2013-09-03 03:32:45

Hi Bob

The Wiki page also includes the while set of inetegrs as a possible interpretation of the phrase 'whole numbers', thus the confusion.

bob bundy
2013-09-02 20:57:06

hi Nithya

welcome to the forum.

Check out this link:

That makes the statement TRUE.


2013-08-31 02:59:11


There is no smallest even or odd integer. Welcome to the forum.

2013-08-31 02:18:45

That statement is false.

2013-08-31 02:17:00

whether the statement is  true or false " ZERO IS THE SMALLEST EVEN WHOLE NUMBER"

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