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## #1 2013-08-31 02:17:00

Nithya
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### Mathematics

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

## #2 2013-08-31 02:18:45

anonimnystefy
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### Re: Mathematics

That statement is false.

The limit operator is just an excuse for doing something you know you can't.
“It's the subject that nobody knows anything about that we can all talk about!” ― Richard Feynman
“Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most.” ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment

## #3 2013-08-31 02:59:11

bobbym
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### Re: Mathematics

Hi;

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

In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
I have the result, but I do not yet know how to get it.
All physicists, and a good many quite respectable mathematicians are contemptuous about proof.

## #4 2013-09-02 20:57:06

bob bundy
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### Re: Mathematics

hi Nithya

welcome to the forum.

Check out this link:

http://www.mathsisfun.com/whole-numbers.html

That makes the statement TRUE.

Bob

You cannot teach a man anything;  you can only help him find it within himself..........Galileo Galilei

## #5 2013-09-03 03:32:45

anonimnystefy
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### Re: Mathematics

Hi Bob

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

The limit operator is just an excuse for doing something you know you can't.
“It's the subject that nobody knows anything about that we can all talk about!” ― Richard Feynman
“Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most.” ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment

## #6 2013-09-03 07:47:41

bobbym
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### Re: Mathematics

Hi;

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."

In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
I have the result, but I do not yet know how to get it.
All physicists, and a good many quite respectable mathematicians are contemptuous about proof.

## #7 2013-09-04 03:38:47

bob bundy
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### Re: Mathematics

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.

Bob

You cannot teach a man anything;  you can only help him find it within himself..........Galileo Galilei

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