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Different Types of Numbers

Maths | 7-14 yrs | Reading Pod

What are the Different Types of Numbers?

  • Whole Numbers
  • Natural Numbers
  • Integer
  • Rational Numbers
  • Real Numbers
  • Irrational Numbers

Definition of Whole Numbers

Whole numbers are simply the numbers 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5….. and it goes on.

Counting Numbers
When your counting whole numbers, you must remember never to include zero, because you cannot ‘count’ zero. So while counting you start with 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and so on.

Definition of Natural Numbers

Natural numbers can either mean “Whole Numbers”, i.e 0, 1, 2, 3, 4 or “Counting Numbers” i.e, 1, 2, 3, 4

Definition of Integer

Integers are like whole numbers, but they also include negative numbers.

So therefore, integers can be negative, i.e, -5, -4, -3, -2, -1, positive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, or even include 0.


Some people say that whole numbers can also be negative, and thus, that would make them integers. This is not true, and neither is it when people say that zero is not a whole number. So don’t get confused when you hear things like that.

Draw a number line, with both negative and positive numbers, and identify which numbers are whole numbers, counting numbers, natural numbers and integers.

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