See also:art of dealing with numerical quantities in their numerical relations . 1 . Arithmetic is usually divided into Abstract Arithmetic and Concrete Arithmetic, the former dealing with numbers and the latter with concrete
See also:objects . This distinction, however, might be misleading . In stating that the sum of rid. and 9d. is Is . 8d. we do not mean that nine pennies when added to eleven pennies produce a
See also:shilling and eight pennies . The sum of
See also:money corresponding to rid. may in fact be made up of coins in several different ways, so that the
See also:symbol " rid." cannot be taken as denoting any definite concrete objects . The arithmetical fact is that 11 and 9 may be regrouped as 12 and 8, and the statement " 11d.+ 9d . = Is . 8d." is only an arithmetical statement in so far as each of the three expressions denotes a numerical quantity (§ II) . 2 . The various stages in the study of arithmetic may be arranged in different ways, and the arrangement adopted must be influenced by the purpose in view .
There are three
See also:main purposes, the
See also:practical, the educational, and the scientific; i.e. the subject may be studied with a view to technical skill in dealing with the arithmetical problems that arise in actual
See also:life, or for the
See also:sake of its general influence on
See also:mental development, or as an elementary stage in mathematical study . 3 . The practical aspect is an important one . The daily activities of the
See also:great mass of the adult population, in countries where commodities are sold at definite prices for definite quantities, include calculations which have often to be per-formed rapidly, on data orally given, and leading in general to results which can only be approximate; and almost every branch of manufacture or commerce has its own range of applications of arithmetic . Arithmetic as a school subject has been largely regarded from this point of view . 4 . From the educational point of view, the value of arithmetic has usually been regarded as consisting in the stress it
See also:lays on accuracy . This aspect of the
See also:matter, however, belongs mainly to the
See also:period when arithmetic was studied almost entirely for commercial purposes; and even then accuracy was not found always to harmonize with actuality . The development of
See also:physical science has tended to emphasize an exactly opposite aspect, viz. the impossibility, outside a certain limited range of subjects, of ever obtaining absolute accuracy, and the consequent importance of not wasting
See also:time in attempting to obtain results beyond a certain degree of approximation . 5 . As a branch of
See also:mathematics, arithmetic may be treated logically, psychologically, or historically . All these aspects are of importance to the teacher: the logical, in
See also:order that he may know the end which he seeks to attain; the psychological, that he may know how best to attain this end; and the
See also:historical, for the
See also:light that
See also:history throws on psychology .
1 The logical arrangement of the subject is not the best for elementary study . Thedivision into abstract and concrete, for instance, is logical, if the former is taken as
See also:relating to number and the latter to numerical quantity (§ I1) . But the result of a rigid application of this principle would be that the calculation of the cost of 3 lb of
See also:tea at 2S. a lb would be deferred until after the study of logarithms . The psychological treatment recognizes the fact that the concrete precedes the abstract and that the abstract is based on the concrete; and it also recognizes the futility of attempting a strictly continuous development of the subject . On the other
See also:hand, logical analysis is necessary if the subject is to be understood . As an
See also:illustration, we may take the elementary processes of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division . These are still called in text-books the " four
See also:simple rules "; but this name ignores certain essential differences . (i) If we consider that we are dealing• with numerical quantities, we must recognize the fact that, while addition and subtraction might in the first instance be limited to such quantities, multiplication and division necessarily introduce the idea of pure number . (ii) If on the other hand we regard ourselves as dealing with pure number throughout, then, as multiplication is continued addition, we ought to include in our
See also:classification involution as continued multiplication . Or we might say that, since multiplication is a
See also:form of addition, and division a form of subtraction, there are really only two fundamental processes, viz. addition and subtraction . (iii) The inclusion of the four processes under one general
See also:head fails to indicate the essential difference between addition and multiplication, as
See also:direct processes, on the one hand, and subtraction and division, as inverse processes, on the other (§ 59) . 6 .
See also:present article deals mainly with the principles of the subject, for which a logical arrangement is on the whole the more convenient . It is not suggested that this is the proper order to be adopted by the teacher . I . NUMBER 7 . Ordinal and
See also:Cardinal Numbers.—One of the
See also:primary distinctions in the use of number is between ordinal and cardinal numbers, or rather between the ordinal and the cardinal aspects of number . The usual statement is that one, two, three, . . . are cardinal numbers, and first, second, third, . . . are ordinal numbers . This , however, is an incomplete statement; the words one, two, three, . . . and the corresponding symbols 1, 2, 3, .. . or I, II, III, . . . are used sometimes as ordinals, i.e. to denote the place of an individual in a series, and sometimes as cardinals, i.e. to denote the
See also:total number since the commencement of the series .
On the whole, the ordinal use is perhaps the more
See also:common . Thus "
See also:loo " on a page of a
See also:book does not mean that the page is loo times the page numbered 1, but merely that it is the page after 99 . Even in commercial transactions, in dealing with sums of money, the statement_ of an amount often has reference to the last item added rather than to a total; and geometrical measurements are practically ordinal (§ 26) . For ordinal purposes we use, as symbols, not only figures, such as 1, 2, 3, ... but also letters, as a,b,c, ...Thus the pages of a book may be numbered 1, 2, 3, . . . and the chapters I, II, III, ... but the sheets are lettered A, B, C, .... Figures and letters may even be used in combination; thus 16 may be followed by 16a and 16b, and these by 17, and in such a case the ordinal xoo does not correspond with the total (cardinal) number up to this point . Arithmetic is supposed to
See also:deal with cardinal, not with ordinal numbers; but it will be found that actual numeration, beyond about three or four, is based on the ordinal aspect of number, and that a scientific treatment of the subject usually requires a return to this fundamental basis . One difference between the treatment of ordinal and of cardinal numbers may be noted . Where a number is expressed in terms of various denominations, a cardinal number usually begins with the largest denomination, and an ordinal number with the smallest . Thus we speak of one thousand eight
See also:hundred and seventy-six, and represent it by MDCCCLXXVI or 1876; but we should speak of the third
See also:day of
See also:August 1876, and represent it by 3 . 8 . 1876 .
It might appear as if thewriting of 1876 was an exception to this
See also:rule; but in reality 1876, when used in this way, is partly cardinal and partly ordinal, the first three figures being cardinal and the last ordinal . To make the
See also:year completely ordinal, we should have to describe it as the 6th year of the 8th
See also:decade of the 9th century of the 2nd
See also:millennium; i.e. we should represent the date by 3 . 8 . 6 . 8 . 9 . 2, the total number of years, months and days completed being 1875 . 7 . 2 . In using an ordinal we direct our
See also:attention to a
See also:term of a series, while in using a cardinal we direct our attention to the
See also:interval between two terms . The total number in the series is the sum of the two cardinal numbers obtained by counting up to any interval from the beginning and from the end respectively; but if we take the ordinal numbers from the beginning and from the end we count one term twice over . Hence, if there are 365 days in a year, the
See also:moth day from the beginning is the 266th, not the 265th, from the end .
8 . Meaning of Names of Numbers.—What do we mean by any particular number, e.g. by seven,' or by two hundred and fifty-three ? We can define two as one and one, and three as one and one and one; but we obviously cannot continue this method for ever . For thedefinition of large numbers we may employ either of two methods, which will be'called the grouping method and the counting method . (i) Method of Grouping.—The first method consists in defining the first few numbers, and forming larger numbers by groups or aggregates, formed partly by multiplication and partly by addition . Thus, on the denary
See also:system (§ 16) we can give
See also:definitions to the numbers up to ten, and then regard (e.g.) fifty-three as a composite number made up of five tens and three ones . Or, on the quinary-binary system, we need only give independent definitions to the numbers up to five; the numbers six, seven, . . . can then be regarded as five and one, five and two, . . . , a fresh series being started when we get to five and five or ten . The grouping method introduces multiplication into the definition of large numbers; but this,.. from the teacher's point of view, is not now such a serious objection as it was in the days when
See also:children were introduced to millions and billions before they had any idea of elementary arithmetical processes . (ii) Method of Counting.—The second method consists in taking a series of names or symbols for the first few numbers, and then repeating these according to a
See also:regular system for successive numbers, so that each number is defined by reference to the number immediately preceding it in the series .
Thus two still means one and one, but three means two and one, not one and one and one . Similarly two hundred and fifty-three does not mean two hundreds, five tens and three ones, but one more than two hundred and fifty-two; and the number which is called one hundred is not defined as ten tens, but as one more than ninety-nine . 9 . Concrete and Abstract Numbers.—Number is concrete or abstract according as it does or does not relate to particular objects . On the whole, the grouping method refers mainly to concrete numbers and the counting method to abstract numbers . If we sort objects into groups of ten, and find that there are five groups of ten with three over, we regard the five and the three as names for the actual sets of groups or of individuals . The three, for instance, are regarded as a whole when we name them three . If, however; we count these three as one, two, three, then the number of times we count is an abstract number . Thus number in the abstract is the number of times that the
See also:act of counting is performed in any particular case . This, however, is a description, not a definition, and we still want a definition for " number " in the phrase " number of times." I0 . Definition of " Number."—Suppose we
See also:fix on a certain sequence of names " one," " two," " three," . . .
, or symbols such as I, 2, 3, . . ; this sequence being always the same . Ifwe take a set of concrete objects, and name them insuccession " one," " two," " three," . . . , naming each once and once only, we shall not get beyond a certain name, e.g . " six." Then, in saying that the number of objects is six, what we mean is that the name of the last
See also:object named is six . We therefore only require a definite
See also:law for the formation of the successive names or symbols . The symbols I, 2, . . . 9, 10, . . . , for instance, are formed according to a definite law; and in giving 253 as the number of a set of objects we mean that if we attach to them the symbols I, 2, 3, ... in succession, according to this law, the symbol attached to the last object will be 253 .
If we say that this act of attaching a symbol has been performed 253 times, then 253 is an abstract (or pure) number . Underlying this definition is a certain
See also:assumption, viz. that if we take the objects in a different order, the last symbol attached will still be 253 . This, in an elementary treatment of the subject, must be regarded as axiomatic; but it is really a simple case of mathematical induction . (See
See also:ALGEBRA.) If we take two objects A and B, it is obvious that whether we take them as A, B, or as' B, A, we shall in each case get the sequence I, 2 . Suppose this were true for, say, eight objects, marked r to 8 . Then, if we introduce another object anywhere in the series, all those coming. after it will be displaced so that each will have the mark formerly attached to the next following; and the last will therefore be q instead of 8 . This is true, whatever the arrangement of the
See also:original objects may be, and wherever the new one is introduced; and therefore, if the theorem is true for 8, it is true for 9 . But it is true for z; therefore it is true for 3; therefore for 4, and so on . Ir . Numerical Quantities.— If the term number is confined to number in the abstract, then number in the concrete may be described as numerical quantity . Thus £3 denotes £r taken 3 times . The £I is termed the unit, A numerical quantity, therefore, represents a certain unit, taken a certain number of times .
If we take £3 twice, we get £6; and if we take 3s. twice, we get 6s., i.e . 6 times Is . Thus arithmetical processes deal with numerical quantities by dealing with numbers, provided the unit is the same throughout . If we retain the unit, the arithmetic is, concrete; if we ignore it, the arithmetic is abstract . But in the latter case it must always be understood that there is some unit concerned, and the results have no meaning until the unit is reintroduced . II . NOTATION, NUMERATION AND NUMBER-IDEATION 12 . Terms used.—The
See also:representation of numbers by spoken sounds is called numeration; their representation by written signs is called notation . The systems adopted for numeration and for notation do not always agree with one another; nor do they always correspond with the idea which the numbers subjectively present . This latter presentation may, in the
See also:absence of any accepted term, be called number-ideation; this word covering not only the perception or recognition of particular numbers, but also the formation of a number-concept . 13 . Notation of Numbers.—The system which is now almost universally in use amongst civilized nations for representing cardinal numbers is the
See also:Hindu, sometimes incorrectly called the Arabic, system .
The essential features which distinguish this from other systems are (I) the
See also:limitation of the number of different symbols, only ten being used, however large the number to be represented may be; (2) the use of the zero to indicate the absence of number; and (3) the principle of
See also:local value, by which a symbol in effect represents different numbers, according to its position . The symbols denoting a number are called its digits . A brief account of the development of the system will be found under NUMERAL . Here we are concerned with the principle, the explanation of which is different according as we proceed on the grouping or the counting system . (i) On the grouping system we may in the first instance consider that we have
See also:separate symbols for numbers from " one " to " nine," but that when we reach ten objects we put them in a
See also:group and denote this group by the symbol used for "one," but printed in a• different type or written of a different
See also:size or (in teaching) of a different
See also:colour . Similarly when we get to ten tens we denote them by a new representation of the figure denoting one . Thus we may have: ones I 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 tens I 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 hundreds, 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 &c . &c . &c . On this principle 24would represent twenty-four, 24 two hundred and
See also:forty, and 24 two hundred and four . To prevent confusion the zero or " nought " is introduced, so that the success sive figures, beginning from the right, may represent ones, tens, hundreds, . . We then have, e.g., 240 to denote two hundreds and four tens; and we may now adopt a
See also:uniform type for all the figures, writing this 240 .
(ii) On the counting system we may consider that we have a series of objects (represented in the adjoining
See also:diagram by dots), and that we attach to these objects in succession the i • symbols 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, o, repeating this series 3 • indefinitely . There is as yet no distinction between the first object marked I and the second object marked 1 . We can, however, attach to the o's the same sym- 6 bols, 1, 2, . . . o in succession, in a separate
See also:column, 9 • repeating the series indefinitely; then do the same with to • every o of this new series; and so on . Any particular I • object is then defined completely by the combination 2 • of the symbols last written down in each series; and 3 • this combination of symbols can equally be used to denote the number of objects up to and including the last one (§ ro) . In writing down a number in excess of s000 it is (except where the number represents a particular year) usual in England and
See also:America to group the figures in sets of three, starting from the right, and to mark off the sets by commas . On the continent of
See also:Europe the figures are taken in sets of three, but are merely spaced, the comma being used at the end of a number to denote the commencement of a decimal . The zero, called " nought," is of course a different thing from the
See also:letter 0 of the
See also:alphabet, but there may be a historical connexion between them (§ 79) . It is perhaps interesting to note that the latter-day telephone operator calls 1907 " nineteen O seven " instead of " nineteen nought seven." 14 . Direction of the Number-Series.—There is no settled
See also:convention as to the direction in which the series of symbols denoting the successive numbers one, two, three, . . . is to be written . (i) If the numbers were written down in succession, they would naturally proceed from
See also:left to right, thus: 1, 2, 3, .
. . This system, however, would require that in passing to "
See also:double figures " the figure denoting tens should be written either above or below the figure denoting ones, e.g . I, 2, . . . , 8, 9, 0, I, 2, . . . or I, 2, . . . , 8, 9, 0, I, 2, The placing of the tens-figure to the left of the ones-figure will not seem natural unless the number-series runs either up or down . (ii) In writing down any particular number, the successive
See also:powers of ten are written from right to left, e.g . 5,462,198 is (6) (s) (4) (3) (2) (I) (o) 5 4 6 2 I 9 8 the small figures in brackets indicating the successive powers . On the other hand, in writing decimals, the sequence (of negative powers) is from left to right . (iii) In making out lists, schedules, mathematical tables (e.g. a multiplication-table), statistical tables, &c., the numbers are written vertically downwards .
In the case of lists and schedules the numbers are only ordinals; but in the case of mathematical or statistical tables they are usually regarded as cardinals,though, when they represent values of a continuous quantity, they must be regarded as ordinals (§§ 26, 93) . (iv) In graphic representation measurements are usually made upwards; theadoption of this direction resting on certain deeply rooted ideas (§ 23) . This question of direction is of importance in reference to the development of useful number-forms (§ 23); and the existence of the two methods mentioned under (iii) and (iv) above produces confusion in comparing numerical tabulation with graphical representation . It is generally accepted that the
See also:horizontal direction of increase, where a horizontal direction is necessary, should be from left to right; but uniformity as regards vertical direction could only be attained either by printing mathe- matical tables upwards or by taking " downwards," instead of " upwards," as the "
See also:positive " direction for graphical purposes . 200 The downwards direction will be taken in this article as 5° the normal one for succession of numbers (e.g. in multipli- 3 cation), and, where the arrangement is horizontal, it is to 253 be understood that this is for convenience of printing . It should be noticed that, in writing the components of a number 253 as 200, 5o and 3, each component beneath the next larger one, we are really adopting the downwards principle, since the figures which make up 253 will on this principle be successively 2, 5 and 3 (§ 13 (ii) ) . 15 .
See also:Roman Numerals.—Although the Roman numerals are no longer in use for representing cardinal numbers, except in certain
See also:special cases (e.g.
See also:clock-faces, milestones and chemists' prescriptions), they are still used for ordinals . The system differs completely from the Hindu system . There are no single symbols for two, three, &c.; but numbers are represented by combinations of symbols for one, five, ten, fifty, one hundred, five hundred, &c., the numbers which have single symbols, viz . I, V, X, L, C, D, M, proceeding by multiples of five and two alternately . Thus 1878 is MDCCCLXXVIII, i.e. thousand five-hundred hundred hundred hundred fifty ten ten five one one one .
The system is therefore essentially a cardinal and grouping one, i.e. it represents a number as the sum of sets of other numbers . It is therefore remarkable that it should now only be used for ordinal purposes, while the Hindu system, which is ordinal in its nature, since a single series is constantly repeated, is used almost exclusively for cardinal numbers . This fact seems to illustrate the truth that the counting principle is the fundamental one, to which the
See also:interpretation of grouped numbers must ultimately be referred . The normal
See also:process of writing the larger numbers on the left is in certain cases modified in the Roman system by writing a number in front of a larger one to denote subtraction . Thus four, originally written
See also:IIII, was later written IV . This may have been due to one or both of two causes; a
See also:primitive tendency to refer numbers, in numeration, to the nearest large number (§ 24 (iv) ), and the difficulty of perceiving the number of a group of objects beyond about three (§ 22) . Similarly IX, XL and XC were written for nine, forty and ninety respectively . These, however, were later developments . 16 . Scales of Notation.—In the Hindu system the numbering proceeds by tens, tens of tens, &c.; thus the figure in the fifth place, counting from the right, denotes the product of the corresponding number by four tens in succession . The notation is then said to be in the scale of which ten is the
See also:base, or in the denary scale . The Roman system, except for the use of symbols for five, fifty, &c., is also in the denary scale, though expressed in a different way .
The introduction of these other symbols produces acompound scale, which may be called a quinarybinary, or, less correctly, a quinary-denary scale . The figures used in the Hindu notation might be used to
See also:express numbers in any other scale than the denary, provided. new symbols were introduced if the base of the scale exceeded ten . Thus 1878 in the quinary-binary scale would be 1131213, and 1828 would be 1130213; the meaning of these is seen at once by comparison with MDCCCLXXVIII and MDCCCXXVIII . Similarly the number which in the denary scale is 215 would in the
See also:quaternary scale (base 4) be 3113, being equal to 126.96.36.199+ 1.4.4+1.4+3._ The use of the denary scale in notation is due to its use in, numeration (§ 18); this again being due (as exemplified by the use of the word
See also:digit) to the. primitive use of the fingers for counting . If mankind had had six fingers on each hand and six toes on each
See also:foot, we should be using a duodenary scale (base twelve), which would have been far more convenient . 17 . Notation of Numerical Quantities.—Over a large
See also:part of the civilized
See also:world the introduction of the metric system (§ 118) has caused the notation of all numerical quantities to be in the denary scale . In Great Britain and her colonies, however, and in the
See also:United States, other systems of notation still survive, though there is none which is consistently in one scale, other than the denary . The method is to form quantities into groups, and these again into larger groups; but the number of groups making one of the next largest groups varies as we proceed along the scale . The successive groups or units thus formed are called denominations . Thus twelve pennies make a shilling, and twenty shillings a pound, while the
See also:penny is itself divided into four farthings (or 2 • two halfpennies) . There are, therefore, four denominations, the bases for conversion of one denomination into the next being successively four (or two), twelve and twenty .
Within each denomination, however, the denary notation is employed exclusively, e.g . " twelve shillings " is denoted by 12F . The diversity of scales appears to be due mainly to four causes: (i) the tendency to group into scores (§ 20); (ii) the tendency to subdivide into twelve; (iii) the tendency to sub-
See also:divide into two or four, with repetitions, making subdivision into sixteen or sixty-four; and (iv) the independent adoption of different units for measuring the same kind of magnitude . Where there is a division into sixteen parts, a-binary scale may be formed by dividing into groups of two, four or eight . Thus the weights ordinarily in use for measuring from a oz. up to 2 lb give the basis for a binary scale up to not more than eight figures, only o and t being used . The points of the compass might similarly be expressed by numbers in a binary scale; but the numbers would be ordinal, and the expressions would be analogous to those of decimals rather than to those of whole numbers . In order to apply arithmetical processes to a quantity expressed in two or more denominations, we must first express it in terms of a single denomination by means of a varying scale of notation . (20) (12) Thus £254, 13s . 6d. may be written £254 « 13s . A 6d.; each of the numbers in brackets indicating the number of units in one denomination that go to form a unit in the next higher denomination . To express the quantity in terms of £, it ought (20) (12) I ~_6S to be written £254 v 13 , 6; this would mean £254 20 or 13 6 £(2J4+-=-Th I2)0 and therefore would involve a fractional 20 20' number . A quantity expressed in two or more denominations is usually called a compound number or compound quantity .
The former term is obviously incorrect, since a quantity is not a number; and the latter is not very suggestive . For agreement with the terminology of fractional numbers (§ 62) we shall describe such a quantity as a mixed quantity . The letters or symbols descriptive of each denomination are usually placed after or (in actual calculations) above the figures denoting the numbers of the corresponding units; but in a few cases, e.g. in the case of £, the symbol is placed before the- figures . There would be great convenience in a general adoption of this latter method; the combination of the two methods in such an expression as £I23, 16s . 4zd. is especially awkward . 18 . Numeration.—The names of numbers are almost wholly based on the denary scale; thus eighteen means eight and ten, and twenty-four means twice ten and four . The words eleven and twelve have been supposed to suggest etymologically a denary basis (see, however, NUMERAL) . Two exceptions, however, may be noted . (i) The use of dozen,
See also:gross (=dozen dozen), and great gross = dozen gross) indicates an attempt at a duodenary basis . But the system has never spread; and the word " dozen " itself is based on the denary scale . (ii) The score (twenty) has been used as a basis, but to an even more limited extent .
There is no essential difference, however, between this and the denary basis . As the latter is due to
See also:finger-reckoning, so the use of the fingers and the toes produced a vigesimal scale . Examples of this are given in § 20; it is worthy of
See also:notice that the vigesimal (or, rather, quinary-quaternary) system was used by the Mayas of
See also:Yucatan, and also, in a more perfect form, by the Nahuatl (Aztecs) of Mexico . The number ten having been taken as the basis of numeration, there are various methods that might consistently be adopted for naming large numbers . (i) We might merely name the figures contained in the number . This method is often adopted in practical life, even as regards mixed quantities; thus £57,593, 16s . 4d. would be read as five seven, five nine three, sixteen and four pence . (ii) The word ten might be introduced, esg . 593 would be five ten ten ninety (= nine ten) and three . (iii) Names might be given to the successive powers of ten, up to the point to which numeration of ones is likely to go . Partial applications of this method are found in many
See also:languages . (iv) A compromise between the last two methods would be to have names for the series of numbers, beginning with ten, each of which is the "square" of the preceding one .
This would in effect be analysing numbers into components of the form a. lob where a is less than to, and the
See also:index b is expressed in the binary scale, e.g . 7,000,000 would be 7.1o4.102, and 700,000 would be 7.104.10' . The
See also:British method is a mixture of the last two, but with an index-scale which is partly ternary and partly binary . There are separate names for ten, ten times ten (= hundred), and ten times ten times ten (= thousand) ; but the next single name is million, representing a thousand times a thousand . The next name is billion, which in Great Britain properly means a million million, and in the United States (as in France) a thousand million . 19 . Discrepancies between Numeration and Notation.—Although numeration and notation are both ostensibly on the denary system, they are not always exactly parallel . The following are a few of the discrepancies . - (i) A set of written symbols is sometimes read in more than one way, while on the other hand two different sets of symbols (at any
See also:rate if denoting numerical quantities) may be read in the same way . Thus 1820 might be read as one thousand eight hundred and twenty if it represented a number of men, but it would be read as eighteen hundred and twenty if it represented a year of the Christian era; while Is . 6d. and 18d. might both be read as eighteen pence . As regards the first of these two-examples, however, it would be more correct to write 1,82o for the former of the two meanings (cf .
§ 13) . (ii) The symbols II and 12 are read as eleven and twelve, not (except in elementary teaching) as ten-one and ten-two . (iii) The names of the numbers next following these, up to 19 inclusive, only faintly suggest a ten . This difficulty is not always recognized by teachers, who forget that they themselves had to be told that eighteen -means eight-and-ten . - (iv) Even beyond twenty, up to a hundred, the word ten is not used in numeration, e.g. we say
See also:thirty four, not three ten four . (v) The rule that the greater number comes first is not universally observed in numeration . It is not observed, for instance, in the names of numbers from 13 to tg; nor was it in the names from which eleven and twelve are derived . Beyond twenty it is usually, but not always, observed; we sometimes instead of twenty-four say four and twenty . (This latter is the universal system in German, up to too, and for any portion of too in numbers beyond too.) 20 . Other Methods of Numeration and Notation.—It is only possible here to make a brief mention of systems other than those now ordinarily in use . (i) Vigesimal Scale.—The system of counting by twenties instead of by tens has existed it1 many countries; and, though there is no corresponding notation, it still exhibits itself in the names of numbers . This is the case, for instance, in the
See also:Celtic languages; and the Breton or Gaulish names have affected the Latin system, so that the French names for some numbers are on the vigesimal system .
This system also appears in the Danish numerals . In
See also:English the use of the word score to represent twenty—e.g. in " threescore and ten " for seventy—is super-imposed on the denary system, and has never formed an essential part of the language . The word; like dozen and couple, is still in use, but rather in a vague- than in a precise sense . (ii) Roman System.—The Roman notation has been explained above (§ 15) . Though convenient for exhibiting the composition of any particular number, it was inconvenient for purposes of calculation; and in fact calculation was entirely (or almost entirely) performed by means of the abacus (q.v.) . The numeration was in the denary scale, so that it did not agree absolutely with the notation . The principle of subtraction from a higher number, which appeared in notation, also appeared in numeration, but not for exactly the same numbers or in exactly the same way; thus XVIII was two-from-twenty, and the next number was onefrom-twenty, but it was written XIX, not IXX . (iii) Other Systems of Antiquity.—The
See also:Egyptian notation was purely denary, the only separate signs being those for 1, to, too, &c . The ordinary notation of the Babylonians was denary, but they also used a sexagesimal scale, i.e. a scale whose base was 6o . The
See also:Hebrews had a notation containing separate signs (the letters of the alphabet) for numbers from i to to, then for multiplies of to up to too, and then for multiples of too up to 400, and later up to r000 . The earliest Greek system of notation was similar to the Roman, except that the symbols for 50, 500, &c., were more complicated . Later, a system similar to the
See also:Hebrew was adopted, and extended by reproducing the first nine symbols of the series, preceded by accents, to denote multiplication by r000 .
See also:island of
See also:Ceylon there still exists, or existed till recently, a system which combines some of the characteristics of the later Greek (or Semitic) and the
See also:European notation; and it is conjectured that this was the original Hindu system . For a further account of the above systems see NUMERAL, and the authorities quoted at the end of the present article . 21 . The Number-Concept.—It is probable that very few
See also:people have any definite mental presentation of individual numbers (i.e. numbers proceeding by differences of one) beyond too, or at any rate beyond 144 . Larger numbers are grasped by forming numbers into groups or by treating some large number as a unit . A
See also:person would appreciate the difference between 93,000,000 M. and 94,000,000 M. as the distance of the centre of the
See also:sun from the centre of the
See also:earth at a particular moment; but he certainly would not appreciate the relative difference between 93,000,000 M. and 93,000 001 M . In order to get an idea of 93,000,000, he must take a million as his unit . Similarly, in the metric system he cannot mentally compare two units, one of which is r000 times the other . The metre and the kilometre, for instance, or the metre and the millimetre, are not directly comparable; but the metre can be conceived as containing too centimetres . On the other hand, it would seem that, for most educated people, sixteen and seventeen or twenty-six and twenty-seven, and even eighty-six and eighty-seven, are single numbers, just as six and seven are, and are not made up of groups of tens and ones . In other words, the denary scale, though adopted in notation and in numeration, does not arise in the corresponding mental concept until we get beyond too . Again, in the use of decimals, it is unusual to give less than two figures .
Thus 3.142 or 3.14 would be quite intelligible; but 3.1 does not convey such a
See also:good idea to most people as either 31b-or 3.10, i.e. as an expression denoting a fraction or a percentage., There appears therefore to be a tendency to use some larger number than ten as a basis for grouping into new units or for subdivision into parts . The Babylonians adopted 6o for both these purposes, thus giving us the sexagesimal division of angles and of time . This view is supported, not only by the intelligibility of percentages to ordinary persons, but also by the tendency, noted above (§ 19), to group years into centuries, and to avoid the use of thousands . Thus 1876 is not t thousand, 8 hundred, 7 tens and 6, but 18 hundred and 76, each of the numbers 18 and 76 being named as if it were a single number . It is also in accordance with what is so far known about number-forms (§ 23) . If there is this tendency to adopt too as a basis instead of to, the teaching of decimals might sometimes be simplified by proceeding from percentages to percentages of percentages, i.e. by commencing with centesimals instead of with decimals . 22 . Perception of Number.—In using material objects as a basis for developing the number-concept, it must be remembered that it is only when there are a few objects that their number can be perceived without either counting or the performance of some arithmetical process such as addition . If four coins are laid on a table, close together, they can (by most adults) be seen to be four, without counting; but seven coins have to be separated mentally into two groups, the numbers of which are added, or one group has to be seen and the remaining objects counted, before the number is known to be seven . The actual limit of the number that can be " seen "—i.e. seen without counting or adding—depends for any individual on the shape and arrangement of the objects, but under similar conditions it is not the same for all individuals . It has been suggested that as many as six objects can be seen at once; but this is probably only the case with few people, and with them only when the objects have a certain geometrical arrangement . The limit for most adults, under favourable conditions, is about four .
Under certain conditions it is less; thus IIII, the old Roman notation for four, is difficult to distinguish from III, and this may have been the mainreason for replacing it by.IV (§ 15) . In the case of
See also:young children the limit is probably two . That this was also the limit in the case of primitive races, and that the classification of things was into one, two and many, before any definite process of counting (e.g. by the fingers) came to be adopted, is clear from the use of the " dual number " in language, and from the way in which the names for three and four are often based on those for one and two . With the individual, as with the
See also:race, the limit of the number that can be seen gradually increases up to four or five . The statement that a number of objects can be seen to be three or four is not to be taken as implying that there is a simultaneous perception of all the objects . The attention may be directed in succession to the .different objects, so that the perception is rhythmical; the distinctive rhythm thus aiding the perception of the particular number . In consequence of this limitation of the power of perception of number, it is practically impossible to use a pure denary scale in elementary number-teaching . If a quinary-binary system (such as would naturally
See also:fit in with counting on the fingers) is not adopted, teachers unconsciously resort to a binary-quinary system . This is commonly done where cubes are used; thus seven is represented by three pairs of cubes, with a single
See also:cube at the top . 23 . Visualization of the Series.—A striking fact, in reference to ideas of number, is the existence of number-forms, i.e. of definite arrangements, on an imagined
See also:plane or in space, of the mental representations of the successive numbers from 1 onwards . The proportion of persons in whom number-forms exist has been variously estimated; but there is reason to believe that the forms arise at a very early stage of childhood, and that they did at some time exist in many individuals who have afterwards forgotten them .
Those persons who possess them are also
See also:apt to make spatial arrangements.of days of the week or the
See also:month, months of the year, the letters of the alphabet, &c.; and it is practically certain that only children would make such arrangements of letters of the alphabet . The forms seem to result from a general tendency to visualization as an aid to memory; the letter-forms may in the first instance be quite as frequent as the number-forms, but they vanish in early childhood, being of no practical value, while the number-forms continue as an aid to arithmetical
See also:work . The forms are varied, and have few points in common; but the following tendencies are indicated . (i) In the majority of cases the numbers lie on a continuous (but possibly zigzag)
See also:line . (ii) There is nearly always (at any rate in English cases) a break in direction at 12 . From 1 to 12 the numbers sometimes lie in the circumference of a circle, an arrangement obviously suggested by a clock-
See also:face; in these cases the series usually mounts upwards from 12 . In a large number of cases, however, the direction is steadily upwards from t to 12, then changing . In some cases the initial direction is from right to left or from left to right; but there are very few in which it is downwards . (iii) The multiples of to are usually strongly marked; but special stress is also laid on other important numbers, e.g. the multiples of 12 . (iv) The series sometimes goes up to very high numbers, but sometimes stops at too, or even earlier .. It is not stated, in most cases, whether all the numbers within the limits of the series have definite positions, or whether there are only certain numbers which form an essential part of the figure, while others only exist potentially . Probably the latter is almost universally the case .
These forms are
See also:developed spontaneously, without
See also:suggestion from outside . The possibility of replacing them by a standard form, which could be utilized for performing arithmetical operations, is worthy of
See also:consideration; some of the difficulties in the way of standardization have already been indicated (§ 14) . The general tendency to prefer an upward direction is important; and our current phraseology suggests that this is the direction which increase is naturally regarded as taking . Thus we speak of counting up to a certain number; and similarly mathematicians speak of high and ascending powers, while
See also:engineers speak of high pressure, high
See also:speed, high power, &c . This tendency is probably aided by the use of bricks or cubes in elementary number-teaching . 24 . Primitive Ideas of Number.—The names of numbers give an idea of the way in which the idea of number has developed . Where
See also:civilization is at all advanced, there are .usually certain names, the origin of which cannot be traced; but, as we go farther back, these become fewer, and the names, are found to be composed on certain systems . The systems are varied, and it is impossible to
See also:lay down any absolute
See also:laws, but the following seem to be the main conclusions . (i) Amongst some of the lowest tribes, as (with a few exceptions) amongst animals, the only differentiation is between one and many, or between one, two and many, or between one, two, three and many . As it becomes necessary to use higher but still small numbers, they are formed by combinations of one and two, or perhaps of three with one or two . Thus many of the Australasian and South
See also:American tribes use only one and two; seven, for instance, would be two two two one .
(ii) Beyond ten, and in many cases beyond five, the names have reference to the use of the fingers, and sometimes of the toes, for counting; and the scale may be quinary, denary or vigesimal, according as one hand, the pair of hands, or the hands and feet, are taken as the new unit . Five may be signified by the word for hand; and either ten or twenty by the word forman . Or the words signifying these numbers may have reference to the conepletion of some act of counting . Between five and ten; or beyond ten, the names may be due to combinations, e.g . 16 may be Io+ 5+ 1; or they may be the actual names of 'the fingers .last counted . (iii) There are a few, but only a few, cases in which, the number 6 or 8 is named as twice 3 or twice 4; and there are also a few cases in which 7, 8 and 9 are named as 6+,, 6+2 and 6+3 . In the large majority of cases the numbers 6, 7, 8 and 9 are 5+1, 5+2, 5+3 and 5+4, being named either directly from their composition in this way or as the fingers on the second hand . (iv) There is a certain tendency to name 4, 9, 14 and 19 as being one
See also:short of 5, ro, 15 and 20 respectively; the principle being thus the same as that of the Roman IV, IX, &c . It is possible that at an early stage the number of the fingers on one hand or on the two hands together was only thought of vaguely as a large number in comparison with 2 or 3, and that the number did not attain definiteness until it was linked up with the .smaller by insertion of the intermediate ones; and the linking up might take place in both directions . (v) In a few cases the names, of certain small numbers are the names of objects' which present these numbers in some conspicuous way . Thus the word used by the
See also:Abipones to denote 5 was the name of a certain hide of five
See also:colours . It has been suggested that names of this kind may have been the origin of the numeral words of different races; but it is improbable that direct visual perception would lead to a name for a number unless a name based on a process of counting had previously been given to it .
25 . Growth of the Number-Concept.—The general principle that the development of the individual follows the development of the race holds good to a certain extent in the.case of the number-concept, but it is modified by the existence of language dealing with concepts which are beyond the reach of the
See also:child, and also, of course, by the direct attempts at instruction . One result is the formation of a number-series as a mere succession of nameswithout any corresponding ideas of number; the series not being necessarily correct . When numbering begins, the names of the successive numbers are attached to the individual objects; thus the numbers are originally ordinal, not cardinal . The conception of number as cardinal, i.e. as something belonging to a group of objects as a whole, is a comparatively
See also:late one, and does not arise until the idea of a whole consisting of its parts has been formed . This is the quantitative aspect of number . The development from the name-series to the quantitative conception is aided by the numbering of material objects and the performance of elementary processes of comparison, addition, &c., with them . It may also be aided, to a certain extent, by the tendency to find rhythms in sequences of sounds . This tendency is common in adults as well as in children; the strokes of a clock may, for instance, be grouped into fours, and thus eleven is represented as two fours and three . Finger-counting is of course natural to children, and leads to grouping into
See also:fives, and ultimately to an understanding of the denary system of notation . 26 . Representation of Geometrical Magnitude by Number.—The application of arithmetical methods to geometrical measurement presents some difficulty .
In reality there is a transition from a cardinal to an ordinal system, but to an ordinal system which does not agree with the original ordinal system from which the cardinal system was derived . To see this, we may represent ordinal numbers by the ordinary numerals 1, 2, 3, . . and cardinal numbers by the Roman I, II, III, . . . Then in the earliest stage each object counted is indivisible; either we are counting it as a whole, or we are not counting it at all . The symbols 1, 2, 3, . . . then refer to the individual objects, as in fig . 1; this is the primary
See also:Figs . 2 and 3 represent the cardinal stage; fig . 2 • n III showing how the I, II, III, . . denote the successively larger groups of objects, while fig . 3 shows how the name II of the whole is determined by the name 2 of the last one counted .
When now we pass to geometrical measurement, each " one " is a thing which is itself divisible, and it cannot be said that at any moment we are counting it; it is only when one is completed that we can count it . The names 1, 2, 3, ... for the individual objects cease to have an intelligible meaning, and measurement is effected by the cardinal numbers I, II, III, . . . , as in fig . 4 . These cardinal numbers have now, however, come to denote individual points in the line of measurement, i.e. the points of separation of the individual units of length . The point III in fig . 4 does not include the point II in the same way that the number III includes the number II in fig; 2, and the points must. therefore be denoted by the ordinal numbers 1, 2, 3, . . as in fig . 5, the zero o falling into its natural place immediately before the commencement of the first unit . Thus, while arithmetical numbering refers to units, geometrical numbering does not refer to units but to the intervals between units . (i.) Preliminary 27 .
Equality and Identity . =There is a certain difference between the use of words referring to equality and identity in I 2 3 I 2 3 • I • II • III FIG . 3 . I 2 3 III 0 1 2 FIG . 5 . arithmetic and in algebra respectively; what' is an equality in the former becoming an identity in the latter . Thus the statement that 4 times 3 is equal to 3 times 4, or, in abbreviated form, 4X3 =3 X4(§ 28), is a statement not of identity but of equality; i.e . 4 X 3 and 3 X4 mean different things, but the operations which they denote produce the same result . But in algebra a X b= b X a is called an identity, in the sense that it is true whatever a and b may be; while nXX=A is called anequation, as being true, when n and A are given, for one value only of X . Similarly the numbers represented by and z are not identical, but are equal . 28 . Symbols of Operation.— The failure to observe the distinction between an identity and an equality often leads to loose reasoning; and in order to prevent this it is important that definite meanings should be attached to all symbols of operation, and especially to those which represent elementary operations .
The symbols — and = mean respectively that the first quantity mentioned is to be reduced or divided by the second; but there is some vagueness about + and X . In the present article a+b will mean that a is taken first, and b added to it; but a X b will mean that b is taken first, and is then multiplied by a . In the case of numbers the X may be replaced by a dot; thus 4.3 means 4 times 3 . When it is necessary to write the multiplicand before the multiplier, the symbol >e will be used, so that bse a will mean the same as a X b . 29 . Axioms.—There are certain statements that are some-times regarded as axiomatic; e.g. that if equals are added to equals the results are equal, or that if A is greater than B then A+X is greater than B+X . Such statements, however, are capableof logical
See also:proof,and are generalizations of results obtained empirically at an elementary stage; they therefore belong more properly to the laws of arithmetic (§ 58) . (ii.) Sums and Differences . 30 . Addition and Subtraction . — Addition is the process of expressing (in numeration or notation) a whole, the parts of which have already been expressed; while, if a whole has been expressed and also a part or parts, subtraction is the process of expressing the
See also:remainder . Except with very small numbers, addition and subtraction, on the grouping system, involve analysis and rearrangement .
Thus the sum of 8 and 7 cannot be expressed as ones; we can either form the whole, and regroup it as ro and 5, or we can split up the 7 into 2 and 5, and add the 2 to the 8 to form ro, thus getting 8+7 =8+ (2+5) = (8+2) +5=10+5= 15 . For larger numbers the rearrangement is more extensive; thus 24+31= (20+4) + (30+ I) = (20+30) + (4+ I) = 50+5 = 55, the processbeing still more complicated when the ones together make more than ten . Similarly we cannot subtract 8 from 15, if 15 means 1 ten + 5 ones; we must either write 15—8=(I0+5)—8= (ro—8)+5=2+5=7, or else resolve the 15 into an inexpressible number of ones, and then subtract 8 of them, leaving 7 . Numerical quantities, to be added or subtracted, must be in the same denomination; we cannot, for instance, add 55 shillings and roo pence, any more than we can add 3 yards and 2 metres . 31 . Relative Position in the Series.—The above method of dealing with addition and subtraction is synthetic, and is appropriate to the grouping method of dealing with number . We commence with processes, and see what they lead to; and thus get an idea of sums and differences . If we adopted the counting method, we should proceed in a different way, our method beinganalytic . One number is less or greater than another, according as the symbol (or ordinal) of the former comes earlier or later than that of the latter in the number-series . Thus (writing ordinals in light type, and cardinals in heavy type) 9 comes after 4, and therefore 9 is greater than 4 . To find how much greater, we compare two series, in dne of which we go up to 9, while in the other we stop at 4 and then recommence our counting . The series are shown below, the numbers being placed horizontally for convenience of printing, instead of vertically (§ 14): I 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 5This exhibits 9 as the sum of 4 and 5; it being understood that the sum of 4 and 5 means that we add 5 to 4 .
That this gives the same result as adding 4 to 5 may be seen by reckoning the series backwards . It is convenient to introduce the zero; thus o I 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 o I 2 3 4 5 indicates that after getting to 4 we make a fresh start from 4 as our zero . To subtract, we may proceed in either of two ways . The subtraction of 4 from 9 may mean either " What has to be added to 4 in order to make up a total of 9," or " To what has 4 to be added in order to make up a total of 9." For the former meaning we count forwards, till we get to 4, and then make a new count, parallel with the continuation of the old series, and see at what number we arrive when we get to 9 . This corresponds to the concrete method, in which we have 9 objects, take away 4 of them, and recount the remainder . The alternative method is to retrace the steps of addition, i.e. to count backwards, treating g of one (the standard) series as corresponding with 4 of the other, and finding which number of the former corresponds with o of the latter . This is a more advanced method, which leads easily to the idea of negative quantities, if the subtraction is such that we have to go behind the o of the standard series . 32 . Mixed Quantities.—The application of the above principles, and of similar principles with regard to multiplication and division, to numerical quantities expressed in any of the diverse British denominations, presents no theoretical difficulty if the successive denominations are regarded as constituting a varying scale of notation (§17) . Thus the expression 2 ft . 3 in. implies that in counting inches we use o to eleven instead of o to g as our first repeating series, so that we put down i for the next denomination when we get to twelve instead of when we get to ten . Similarly 3 yds .
2 ft. means yds. o I 2 3 ft . O I 2 0 I 2 O I 2 0 I 2 The practical difficulty, of course, is that the addition of two numbers produces different results according to the scale in which we are for the moment proceeding; thus the sum of g and 8 is 17, 15, 13 or I I according as we are dealing with shillings, pence, pounds (
See also:avoirdupois) or ounces . The difficulty may be minimized by using the notation explained in § 17 . (iii.) Multiples, Submultiples and Quotients . 33 . Multiplication and Division are the names given to certain numerical processes which have to be performed in order to find the result of certain arithmetical operations . Each process may arise out of either of two distinct operations; but the terminology is based on the processes, not on the operations to which they belong, and the latter are not always clearly understood . 34 . Repetition and Subdivision.—Multiplication occurs when a certain number or numerical quantity is treated as a unit (§ II), and is taken a certain number of times . It therefore arises in one or other of two ways, according as the unit or the number exists first in consciousness . If pennies are arranged in groups of five, the total amounts arranged are successively once 5d., twice 5d., three times 5d., . .; which are written r X 5d., 2 X 5d., 3 X 5d., .
. . (§ 28) . This process is repetition, and the quantities 1 X 5d., 2 X 5d., 3 X 5d are the successive multiples of 5d . If, on the other hand, we have a sum of 5s., and treat a shilling as being
See also:equivalent to twelve pence, the 5s. is equivalent to 5 X 12d.; here the multiplication arises out of a subdivision of the original unit Is. into 12d . Although multiplication may arise in either of these two ways, the actual process in each case is performed by commencing with the unit and taking it the necessary number of times . In the above case of subdivision, for instance, each of the 5 shillings is separately converted into pence, so that we do in fact find in succession once 12d., twice 12d ; i.e. we find the multiples of 12d. up to 5 times . The result of the multiplication is called the product of the unit by the number of times it is taken . 35 . Diagram of Multiplication.—The process of multiplication reducing £3 to shillings, since each £ becomes 205., we find the is performed in order to obtain such results as the following: value of 3.20 . If i boy receives 7 apples, A B then 3 boys receive 21 apples; or If is. is equivalent to 12d., id . then 5s. is equivalent to 6od . £3 4f .
The essential portions of these statements, from the arith- t 20 is . . 12d . metical point of view, may be exhibited in the form of the diagrams A and B A B I2 £720 £t 20S . i boy 7 apples is . I2d . £2880 £3 6os . 720d . 288of . 3 boys 21 apples 5s . 6od . or more briefly, as in C or C' and D or D': C C' D I 7 apples 3 21 apples 3 the general arrangement of the diagram being as shown in E or E' E E' Multiplication is therefore equivalent to completion of the diagram by entry of the product . 36 .
Multiple-Tables.—The diagram C or D of § 35 is part of a
See also:complete table giving the successive multiples of the particular unit . If we take several different units, and write down their successive multiples in parallel columns, preceded by the number-series, we obtain a multiple-table such as the following: I I 2 9 Is . 5d . 3Yds.2ft . 17359 •••• . 2 2 4 18 2S . Iod . 7 yds. i ft . 34718 .... . 3 3 6 27 4s . 3d . I I yds. oft .
52077 .... . 4 4 8 36 5s . 8d . 14 yds . 2 ft . 69436 • . 5 5 10 45 7s. id . 18 yds. i ft . 86795 • . It is to be considered that each column may extend downwards indefinitely . 37 . Successive Multiplication.—In multiplication by repetition the unit is itself usually a multiple of some other unit, i.e. it is a product which is taken as a new unit .
When this new unit has been multiplied by a number, we can again take the product as a unit for the purpose of another multiplication; and so on indefinitely . Similarly where multiplication has arisen out of the subdivision of a unit into smaller units, we can again subdivide these smaller units . Thus we get successive multiplication; but it represents quite different operations according as it is due to repetition, in the sense of § 34, or to subdivision, and these operations will be exhibited by different diagrams . Of the two diagrams below, A exhibits the successive multiplication of £3 by 20, 12 and 4, and B the successive reduction of £3 to shillings, pence and farthings . The principle on which the diagrams are constructed is obvious from § 35 . It should be noticed that in multiplying 6 by 20 we find the value of 20.3, but that in 38 . Submultiples.—The relation of a unit to its successive multiples as shown in a multiple-table is expressed by saying that it is a submultiple of the multiples, the successive sub-multiples being one-
See also:half, one-third, one
See also:fourth, . . . Thus, in the diagram of § 36, is . 5d. is one-half of 2s.
See also:rod., one-third of 4S . 3d., one-fourth of 5s . 8d ; these being written " of 2S. rod.," " a of 4s .
3d.," " 4 of 5s . 8d.," The relation of submultiple is the converse of that of multiple; thus if a is i of b, then b is 5 times a . The determination of a sub-multiple is therefore equivalent to completion of the diagram E or E' of § 35 by entry of the unit, when the number of times it is taken, and the product, are given . The operation is the converse or repetition; it is usually called
See also:partition, as representing division into a number of equal shares . 39 . Quotients.—The converse of subdivision is the formation of units into groups, each constituting a larger unit; the number of the groups so formed out of a definite number of the original units is called a quotient . The determination of a quotient is equivalent to completion of the diagram by entry of the number when the unit and the product are given . There is no satisfactory name for the operation, as distinguished from partition; it is sometimes called measuring, but this implies an equality in the original units, which is not an essential feature of the operation . 40 . Division.—From the commutative law for multiplication, which shows that 3 X 4d . = 4 X 3d . = 12d., it follows that the number of pence in one-fourth of I2d. is equal to the quotient when 12 pence are formed into units of 4d.; each of these numbers being said to be obtained by dividing 12 by 4 .
The term division is therefore used in text-books to describe the two processes described in §§ 38 'and 39; the product mentioned in § 34 is thedividend, the number or the unit, whichever is given, is called the divisor, and the unit or number which is to be found is called the quotient . The symbol = is used to denote both kinds of division; thus A = n denotes the unit, n of which make up A, and A= B denotes the number of times that B has to be taken to make up A . In the present article this confusion is avoided by writing the former as n of A . Methods of division are considered later (§§ 106-108) . 41 . Diagrams of Division.—Since we write from left to right or downwards, it may be convenient for division to interchange the rows or the columns of the multiplication-diagram . Thus the uncompleted diagram for partition is F or G, while for measuring it is usually H; the vacant compartment being for the unit in F G H K Number Product Product F or G, and for the number in H . In some cases it may be convenient in measuring to show both the units, as in K . . 42 . Successive Division may be performed as the converse of successive multiplication . The diagrams A and B below are the converse (with a slight alteration) of the corresponding diagrams D' 7 apples 12d . 12d .
21 apples 5 6od . 5 6od . I Unit Unit Number Product Number Product I Number Product Unit 12d. is . 6od . in § 37; A representing the determination of -6 of of ,-x of 288o farthings, and B the conversion of 288o farthings into £ . A B (iv.) Properties of Numbers . (A) Properties not depending on the Scale of Notation . 43• Powers, Roots and Logarithms.—The standard series 1, 2, 3, .. is obtained by successive additions of x to the number last found . If instead of commencing with x and making successive additions of r we commence with any number such as 3 and make successive multiplications by 3, we get a series 3, 9, 27, . . . as shown below the line in the margin . The first memo I = 3° n° ber of the series is 3; the second is the product of I 3=3' n' two numbers, each equal to 3; the third is the
See also:pro- 2 9=32 n2 duct of three numbers, each equal to 3; and so on . 3 27=3' n4 These are written 31 (or 3), 32, :3', 34, .
. where 4 SI -3 n nP denotes the product of p numbers, each equal to : n . If we write nP = x, then, if any two of the three numbers n, p, u are known, the third is determinate . If we know n and p, p is called the index, and n, n2, . .. nP are called the first power, second power, . . . pth power of n, the series itself being called the power-series . The second power and third power are usually called the square and cube respectively . If we know p and N, is is called the pth
See also:root of N,•so that is is the second (or square) root of n2, the third (or cube) root of n3, the fourth root of n4, . . . If we know is and N, then p is the logarithm of N to base is . The calculation of powers (i.e. of N when is and p are given) is involution; the calculation of roots (i.e. of is when p and N are given) is
See also:evolution; the calculation of logarithms (i.e. of p when n and N are given) has no special name . Involution is a direct process, consisting of successive multiplications; the other two are inverse processes . The calculation of a logarithm can be performed by successive divisions; evolution requires special methods .
The above definitions of logarithms, &c., relate to cases in which n and p are whole numbers, and are generalized later . 44• Law of Indices.—If we multiply nP by 19, we multiply the product of p n's by the product of q n's, and the result is therefore nP-l-4 . Similarly, if we divide nP by n4, where q is less than p, the result is nP-Q . Thus multiplication and division in the power-series correspond to addition and subtraction in the index-series, and
See also:vice versa . If we divide nP by nP, the quotient is of course 1 . This should be written n° . Thus we may make the power-series commence with r, if we make the index-series commence with o . The added terms are shown above the line in the diagram in § 43 . 45• Factors, Primes and
See also:Prime Factors.—If we take the suc- cessive multiples of 2, 3, . . . as in § 36, and place each 2 2 multiple opposite the same 3 3 number in the original series, 4 4 4 we get an arrangement as 6 6 in the adjoining diagram . If 7 8 8 any number N occurs in the 8 vertical series commencing 9 9 with a number is (other than Io IO 12 12 IO I) then n is said to be a factor 12 12 I2 of N .
Thus 2, 3 and 6 are . factors of 6; and 2, 3, 4, 6 and 12 are factors of 12 . A number (other than r) which has no factor except itself iscalled a prime number, or, more briefly, a prime . Thus 2, 3, 5, 7 and r r are primes, for each of these occurs twice only in the table . A number (other than i) which is not a prime number is called a composite number . If a number is a factor of another number, it is a factor of any multiple of that number . Hence, if a number has factors, one at least of these must be a prime . Thus 12 has 6 for a factor; but 6 is not a prime, one of its factors being 2; and therefore 2 must also be a factor of 12 . Dividing 12 by 2, we get a submultiple 6, which again has a prime 2 as a factor . Thus any number which is not itself a prime is the product of several factors, each of which is a prime, e.g . 12 is the product of 2, 2 and 3 . These are called prime factors .
The following are the most important properties of numbers in reference to factors: (i) If a number is a factor of another number, it is a factor of any multiple of that number . (ii) If a number is a factor of two numbers, it is a factor of their sum or (if they are unequal) of their difference . (The words in brackets are inserted to avoid the difficulty, at this stage, of saying that every number is a factor of o, though it is of course true that o. n=o, whatever is may be.) (iii) A number can be resolved into prime factors in one way only, no account being taken of their relative order . Thus 12=2X2X3=2X3X2=3X2X2, but this is regarded as one way only . If any prime occurs more than once, it is usual to write the number of times of occurrence as an index; thus 144=2X2X2X2X3X3=24 32 . The number r is usually included amongst the primes; but, if this is done, the last
See also:paragraph requires modification, since 144 could be expressed as I . 24 . 32, or as I2 . 24 . 32, or as V. z4 . 32, where p might be anything . If two numbers have no factor in common (except x) each is said to be prime to the other .
The multiples of 2 (including 1.2) are called even numbers; other numbers are
See also:odd numbers . 46 . Greatest Common Divisor.—If we resolve two numbers into their prime factors, we can find their Greatest Common Divisor or Highest Common Factor (written G.C.D. or G.C.F. or H.C.F.), i.e. the greatest number which is a factor of both . Thus 144=24 . 32, and 756=22 33 7, and therefore the G.C.D. of 144 and 756 is 22 . 32=36 . If we require the G.C.D. of two numbers, and cannot resolve them into their prime factors, we use a process described in the text-books . The process depends on (ii) of § 45, in the extended form that, if x is a factor of a and b, it is a factor of pa-qb, where p and q are any integers . The G.C.D. of three or more numbers is found in the same way . 47 . Least Common 'Multiple.—The Least Common Multiple, or L.C.M., of tWo numbers, is the least number of which they are both factors . Thus, since 144 = 24 .
32, and 756 = 22 . 33 7, the L.C.M. of 144 and 756 is 24 33 7 . It is clear, from comparison with the last paragraph, that the product of the G.C.D. and the L.C.M. of two numbers is equal to the product of the numbers themselves . This gives a rule for finding the L.C.M. of two numbers . But we cannot apply it to finding the L.C.M. of three or more number; if we cannot resolve the numbers into their prime factors, we must find the L.C.M. of the first two, then the L.C.M. of this and the next number, and so on . (B) Properties depending on the Scale of Notation . 48 . Tests of Divisibility.-The following are the
See also:principal rules for testing whether particular numbers are factors of a given number . The number is divisible (i) by xo if it ends in o; (ii) by 5 if it ends in o or 5; (iii) by 2 if the last digit is even; (iv) by 4 if the number made up of the last two digits is divisible by 4; (v) by 8 if the number made up of the last three digits is divisible by 8; (vi) by 9 if the sum of the digits is divisible by 9; (vii) by 3 if the sum of the digits is divisible by 3; 20S . £I Is . 4f . 12d .
Id . 3 6os . 288of . 720d . 288of . 4 I I2 I 72of . 6of . 20 I 3f . (viii) by 1 1 if the difference between the sum of the 1st, 3rd, sth, . .. digits and the sum of the 2nd, 4th, 6th, . is zero or divisible by Ir . (ix) To find whether a number is divisible by 7, 1r or 13, arrange the number in groups of three figures, beginning from the end, treat each group as a separate number,; and then find the difference between the sum of the 1st, 3rd, ... of these numbers and the sum of the 2nd, 4th, . . Then, if this difference is zero or is divisible by 7, II or 13, the original number is also so divisible; and conversely .
For example, 31521 gives 52f -31 ..490, and therefore is divisible by7,. but not by.II or 13 . 49 . Casting out Nines is a process based on (vi) of the last paragraph . The remainder when a number is divided by g is equal to the remainder when the sum of its digits is divided by 9 . Also, if the remainders when two numbers are divided by 9 are respectively a and b, the remainder when their product is divided by 9 is the same as the remainder when a.b is divided by g . This gives a rule for testing multiplication, which is found in most text-books . It is doubtful, however, whether such a rule, giving a test which is necessarily incomplete, is of much educational value . (v.) Relative Magnitude . _ 5o . Fractions.—A fraction of a quantity is a suhmultiple, or a multiple of a submultiple, of that quantity . Thus, since 3XIs . 5d.=4s .
3d., 1s: -5d. may be denoted by i of 4S . 3d.; and any multiple of Is. sd., denoted by nXrs . 5d., may also be denoted by of 4S . 3d . We therefore use "a of A" to mean that we find a quantity X such that aXX=A, and then multiply X by n . It must be noted (i) that this is a definition of "a of, " not a definition of "a,"and (ii) that it is not necessary that t should be less than a . 51 . Subdivision of Submultiple.—By r. of A we mean 5 times the unit, 7 times which is A . If we regard this unit as being 4 times a lesser unit, then A_is 7.4 times this lesser unit, and 4 of A is 5.4 times the lesser unit . Hence 4 of A is equal to 4 of A; and, conversely, 4 of A is equal to 4- of A . Similarly each of these is equal to 4 of A . Hence the value of a fraction is not altered by substituting for the numerator and denominator the corresponding numbers in any other column of a multiple-table (§ 36) .
If we write 7+55_44In the form 44'.7 5 we may say that the value of a fraction is not altered by multiplying or dividing the numerator and denominator by any number . 52 . Fraction of a Fraction.—To find ~-; of . 4 of A we must convert ? of A into 4 times some unit . This is done by the pre- ceding paragraph . For 4 of A=5:1 of A= 4.1 of A; i.e. it is 7.4 4 times a unit which is itself 5 times another unit, 7.4 times which is A . Hence, taking the former unit 11 times instead of 4 times,
See also:loft,-ofA=rl. of A . 7.4 A fraction of a fraction is sometimes called a compound fraction . 53 . Comparison, Addition and Subtraction of Fractions.—The quantities ; of A and 4- of A are expressed in terms of different units . To compare them, or to add or subtract them, we must express them in terms of the same unit:' Thus, taking -21$ of A as the unit, we have (§ 51) ofA=liofA; ofA=HHofA . Hence the former is greater than the latter; their sum is;$- of A; and their difference is of A .
Thus the fractions must be reduced to a common denominator . This denominator must, if the fractions are in their lowest terms (§ 54), be a multiple of each of the denominators; it is usually most convenient that it should be their L.C.M . (§ 47) . 54 . Fraction in its Lowest Terms.—A fraction is said to be in its lowest terms when its numerator and denominator have no common 1 7d . 10 5S .
See also:Tod . 24 14s . factor; or to be reduced to its lowest terms when it is replaced by such a fraction . Thusv of A is said to be reduced to its lowest terms when it is replaced by A of A . It is important always to bear in mind that - of A is not the same as - of A, though it is equal to it . 55 .
Diagram of Fractional Relation.—To find -T of 14s. we have to take lo of the units, 24 of which make up 14s . Hence the required amount will, in the multiple-table of § 36, be opposite 10 in the column in which the amount opposite 24 is 14s.; the quantity at the head of this column, representing the unit, will be found to be 7d . The elements of the multiple-table with which we are concerned are shown in the diagram in the margin . This diagram serves equally for the two statements that (i) 4 of 14s. is 5s. iod., (ii) -ofss. iod: is 14s . The two statements are in fact merely different aspects of a single relation, considered in the nextsection . 56 . Ratio.—If we omit the two upper compartments of the diagram in the last section, we obtain the diagram A . This diagram exhibits a relation between the two amounts 5s. to-1 and 14S. on the one hand, io 5 d and the numbers Io and 24 of the standard series on the other, which is expressed by saying that 5s. rod. is to 14S. in the ratio of io 24 to 24, or that 14s. is to 5s. rod. in the ratio of 24 to 10 . If we had taken Is . 2d. instead of B " 7d. as the unit for the second column, we should have obtained the diagram B . Thus we must regard the ratio of a to b as being the same as the ratio of c to d; if the fractions b and a are equal . For this reason the ratio of a to b is sometimes written but the more correct method is to write it a:b .
If two quantities or numbers P and Q are to each other in the 'ratio of p to q, it is clear -from the diagram that p times Q= q times P, so that Q = p of P . 57 . Proportion.—If from any two columns in the table of § 36 we remove the numbers or quantities in any two rows, we get a diagram such as that here shown . The pair of compartments on eitherside may, as here, contain numerical quantities, or may contain numbers . But the two pairs of compartments will correspond to a single pair of numbers, e.g . 2 and 6, in the standard series, so that, denoting them by M, N and P, Q respectively, M will be to N.in the same ratio that P' is to Q . This is expressed by saying M that M is to N' as P. to Q, the relation being written M :N :: P : Q; the four quantities are ,then said to be in proportion or to be proportionals . N Q This' is the most general' expression of the relative magnitude of two quantities; i.e. the relation expressed by proportion includes the relations expressed by multiple, submultiple, fraction and ratio . If M and N are respectively m and n times a unit, and P and Q are respectively p and q times a unit, then the quantities are in proportion if mq=np; and conversely . IV . LAWS OF ARITHMETIC 58 . Laws of Arithmetic.—The arithmetical processes which we have considered in reference to positive integral numbers are subject to the following laws: (i) Equalities and Inequalities.—The following are sometimes called Axioms (§ 29), but their truth should be proved, even if at an early stage it is assumed_ The symbols " > " and " < mean respectively " is greater than " and "is less than." The numbers represented by a, b, c, x and m are all supposed to be positive .
A 145 . S . IO . 12 5s: iod . 14S., 2S . Iod . 8s . 6d . 7 yds . I ft . 22 ,yds .. P (a) If a=b, and b=c, then a=c; (b) If a=b, then a+x=b+x, and a—x=b—x; (c) If a>b, then a+x>b+x, and a—x>b—x; (d) If a<b, then a+x<b+x, and a—x<b—x; (e) If a=b, then ma=inb, and a=m=b=m; (f) If a>b, then ma>mb, and a-m>b+m; (g) If a<b, then ma<mb, and a=m<b=m .
(ii) Associative Law for Additions and Subtractions.—This law includes the rule of signs, that a—(b—c)=a—b+c; and it states that, subject to this, successive operations of addition or sub-
See also:traction may be grouped in sets in any way; e.g.a—b+c+d+e-f =a—(b—c)+(d+e—f) . (iii) Commutative Law for Additions and Subtractions, that additions and subtractions may be performed in any order; e.g. a—h+c+d=a+c—b+d=a+d+c—b . (iv) Associative Law for Multiplications and Divisions.—This law includes a rule, similar to the rule of signs, to the effect that a_ (b+ c) =a±b>cc; and it states that, subject to this, successive operations of multiplication or division may be grouped in sets in any way; e.g. aa-baecacdiee=f=a+(b=c)ac(daee=f) . (v) Commutative Law for Multiplications and Divisions, that multiplications and divisions may be performed in any order: e.g. a=ba<ca<d=aacc=baed=aaedaec=b . (vi) Distributive Law, that multiplications and divisions may he distributed over additions and subtractions, e.g. that m(a+b—c)=m.a+m.b—m.c, or that (a+b—c)=n=(a=n)+ (b=n)—(c=n) . In the case of (ii), (iii) and (vi), the letters a, b, c, . . . may denote either numbers or numerical quantities, while m and n denote numbers; in the case of (iv) and (v) the letters denote numbers only . 59 . Results of Inverse Operations.—Addition, multiplication and involution are direct processes; and, if we start with positive integers, we continue with positive integers throughout . But, in attempting the inverse processes of subtraction, division, and either evolution or determination of index, the data may be such that a process cannot be performed . We can, however, denote the result of the process by a symbol, and deal with this symbol according to the laws of arithmetic . In this way, we arrive at (i) negative numbers, (ii) fractional numbers, (iii) surds, (iv) logarithms (in the ordinary sense of the word) .
6o . Simple Formulae.—The following are some simple formulae which follow from the laws stated in § 58 . (i) (a+b+c+ ...) (p+q+r+ ...) = (ap+aq+ar+ ... )+ (bp+hq+br+ . . . )+(cp+cq+cr+ . . . )+ ... ; i.e. the pro-duct of two or more numbers, each of which consists of two or more parts, is the sum of the products of each part of the one with each part of the other . (ii) (a+b) (a—b)=a2—b2; i.e. the product of the sum and the difference of two numbers is equal to the difference of their squares . (iii) (a+b)2=
See also:a2+tab+b2=a2+(2a+b)b . V .
NEGATIVE NUMBERS 61 . Negative Numbers may be regarded as resulting from the commutative law for addition and subtraction . According to this law, 10+3+6— 7= Io+3—7+6=3+6—7+I0 =&c . But, if we write the expression as 3—7+6+1o, this means that we must first subtract 7 from 3 . This cannot be done; but the result of the subtraction, if it could be done, is something which, when 6 is added to it, becomes 3—7+6=3+6-7=2 . The result of 3—7 is the same as that of o—4; and we may write it " -4," and
See also:call it a negative number, if by this we mean something possessing the
See also:property that -4+4=0 . This, of course, is unintelligible on the grouping system of treating number; on the counting system it merely means that we count backwards from o, just as we might count inches back-wards from a point marked o on a scale . It should be remembered that the counting is performed with something as unit . If this unit is A, then what we are really considering is -4A; and this means, not that A is multiplied by -4, but that A is multiplied by 4, and the product is taken negatively . It would therefore be better, in some ways, to retain the unit throughout, and to describe -4A as a negative quantity, in order to avoid confusionwith the " negative numbers "!with which operations are per-formed in formal algebra . The positive quantity or number obtained from a negative quantity or number by omitting the " — " is called its numerical value . VI .
FRACTIONAL AND DECIMAL NUMBERS 62 . Fractional Numbers.—According to the definition in § 5o the quantity denoted by 1 of A is made up of a number, 3, and a unit, which is one-
See also:sixth of A . Similarly n of A, n of A, n of A, . .. mean quantities which are respectively p times, q times r times, ... the unit, n of which make up A . Thus any arithmetical processes which can be applied to the numbers p, q, r, . . can be applied to n , n' n, . . . , the denominator rt remaining unaltered . If we denote the unit n of A by X, then A is n times X, and 2 of n times X is p times X; i.e. of n times is p times . Hence, so long as the denominator remains unaltered, we can deal with , Q, 'f , . exactly as if they were numbers, any operations being performed on the numerators . The expressions n, n, n; . . , are then fractional numbers, their relation to ordinary or integral numbers being that n times n times is equal top times .
This relation is of exactly the same kind as the relation of the successive digits in numbers expressed in a scale of notation whose Ones . Sixths. base is n . Hence we can treat the fractional numbers h
See also:ave any one eno n h or as 0 0 I 2 3 4 5 0 I 2 3 4 5 •o pressed in pounds and shillings; to express it in terms of pounds only we must write it £317T . 63 . Fractional Numbers with different Denominators.—If we divided the unit into halves, and these new units into thirds, we should get sixths of the original unit, as A shown in A; while, if we divided the Ones . Halves . Sixths. unit into thirds, and these new units o o o into halves, we should again get sixths, but as shown in B . The series of halves 2 in the one case, and of thirds in the o I other, are entirely different series of fractional numbers, but we can corn-
See also:pare them by putting each in its proper position in relation to the series of sixths . Thus -- is equal to , and -* is equal to 1$°; and conversely; in other words, any fractional number is equivalent to the fractional number obtained by multi-plying or dividing the numerator and denominator by any integer . We can thus find fractional numbers equivalent to the sum or difference of any two fractional numbers . The process is the same as that of finding the sum or differ-ence of 3 sixpences and 5 fourpences; we cannot subtract 3 sixpenny-bits from 5 fourpenny-bits, but we can ex-
See also:press each as an equivalent number of constituting a number-series, as shown in the adjoining diagram . The result of taking 13 sixths of A is, then seen to be the same as the result of taking twice A and one-sixth of A, so that we may regardas being equal to 21 .
A fractional number is called a proper fraction or an improper fraction according as the numerator is or is not less than the denominator; and an expression such as 21 is called a, mixed number . An improper fraction is therefore equal either to an integer or to -a mixed number . It will be seen from § 17 that ,a mixed number corresponds with what is there called a mixed quantity . Thus £3, 17s. is a mixed quantity, being ex- ' o 2 0 B Ones . Thirds . Sixths . o o o I i o 2 o I I o o thing as 7 times -7.3 . Hence '4- times 4-= 4'•times 7 times -733 =5 times 7 3 = . The rule for multiplying a fractional number 7.3 by a fractional number is therefore the same as the rule for finding a fraction of a fraction . 66 . Division of Fractional Numbers.-To divide 4- by S. is to find a number (i.e. a fractional number) x such that 4- times x is equal to 1 . But 4- times 7 times x is, by the last section, equal to x .
Hence x is equal to s times 4 . Thus to divide by a fractional number we must multiply by the number obtained by inter-changing the numerator and the denominator, i.e. by the reciprocal of the original number . If we divider by 7 we obtain, by 'this rule, g . Thus the reciprocal of a number may be defined as the number obtained by dividing i by it . This definition applies whether the original number is integral or fractional . By means of the present and the preceding sections the rule given in § 63 can be extended to the statement that a fractional number is equal to the number obtained by multiplying its numerator and its denominator by any fractional number . 67 . Negative Fractional Numbers.—We can obtain negative fractional numbers in the same way that we obtain negative integral numbers ; thus — or - -A means that 7 or 4A is taken negatively . 68 .
See also:Genesis of Fractional Numbers.—A fractional number may be regarded as the result of a measuring.division (§ 39) which cannot be performed exactly . Thus we cannot divide 3 in. by Ti in. exactly, i.e. we cannot express 3 in. as an integral multiple of rT in . ; but, by extending the meaning of" times " as in § 62, we can say that 3 in. isr times I r in., and therefore call IN the quotient when 3 in. is divided by r r in .
Hence, if p and n are numbers, p is sometimes regarded as denoting the result of dividing p by n, whether p and n are integral or fractional (mixed numbers being included in fractional) . The idea and properties of a fractional number having been explained, we' may now call it, for brevity, a fraction . Thus "4 of A " no longer means two of the units, three of which make up A; it means that A is multiplied by the fraction 4-, i.e. it means the same thing as " 4 times A." 69 . Percentage.—In order to deal, by way of comparison or addition or subtraction, with fractions which have different denominators, it is necessary to reduce them to a common denominator . To avoid this difficulty, in practical life, it is usual to confine our operations to fractions which have a certain standard denominator . Thus (§ 79) theRomans reckoned in twelfths, and the Babylonians in sixtieths; the former method supplied a basis for division by 2, 3, 4, 6 or 12, and the latter for division by 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 10, 12, 15, 20, 30, or 6o . The modern method is to deal with fractions which have Too as denominator;such fractions are called percentages . They only apply accurately to divisions by 2, 4, 5, 10, 20, 25 or 5o; but they have the convenience of fitting in with the denary scale of notation, and they can be extended to other divisions by using a mixed number as numerator . One-fortieth, for instance, can be expressed as Imo, which is called 22 per cent., and usually written 22 % . Similarly 31 % is equal to one-thirtieth . If the numerator is a multiple of 5, the fraction represents twentieths . This is convenient, e.g. for expressing rates in tke pound; thus 15 % denotes the process of taking 3S. for every r, i.e. a rate of 3s. in the £ .
In applications to money " per cent." sometimes means "per £loo." Thus " £3, 17s . 6d. per cent." is really the complex 17,4, fraction 3 20 . -
See also:Ioo 70 . Decimal Notation of Percentage.—An integral percentage, i.e. a simple fraction with loo for denominator, can be expressed by writing the,two figures of the numerator (or, if there is only one figure, this figure preceded by o) with a dot or " point " before them; thus •76 means 76 %, or ;066 . If there is an integral number to be taken as well as a percentage, this number is written in front of the point; thus 23.76 X A means 23 times A, with 76 % of A . We might therefore denote 76 % by o•76 . If as our unit we take X =1 o-b- of A = r % of A, the above quantity might equally be written 2376 X = i 0706 of A; i.e . 23.76XA is equal to 2376 % of A . 71 . Approximate Expression by Percentage.—When a fraction cannot he expressed by an integral percentage, it can be so expressed approximately, by taking the nearest integer to the numerator of an equal fraction having loo for its denominator . 1 Thus = I so that - is approximately equal to 14 %; and 2 285 7 =106, which is approximately equal to 29 % . The difference between this approximate percentage and the true value is less than %, i. e. is less than -Ts If the numerator of the fraction consists of an integer and 3 2-e.g. in the case of 8=1Oo it is uncertain whether we should take the next lowest or the next highest integer .
It is best in such cases to retain the I; thus we can write a =372 %'372• 72 . Addition and Subtraction of Percentages.—The sum or difference of two percentages is expressed by the sum or difference of the numbers expressing the two percentages . 73.-Percentage of a Percentage.—Since 37 % of r is expressed by 0'37, 37 % of r % (i.e. of o•oi) might similarly be expressed by 0.00.37 . The second point, however, is omitted, so that we write it 0.0037 or 0037, this expression meaning 13,17 of f o 0 = 3 o~~• On the same principle, since 37 % of 45 % is equal toPolo- of No _ TY06o =310-r+(10o a of Th.), we can express it by •1665; and 3 % of 2 % can be expressed by •0006 . Hence, to find a percent-age of a percentage, we multiply the two numbers, put o's in front if necessary to make up four figures (not counting fractions), and prefix the point . 74 . Decimal Fractions.-The percentage-notation can he extended to any fraction which has any power of to for its denominator . Thus i10s°3o can be written '153 and T1° 030°0°a can be written •15300 . These two fractions are equal to each other, and also to •1530 . A fraction written in this way is called a decimal fraction; or we might define a decimal fraction as a fraction having a power of ro for its denominator, there being a special notation for writing such fractions . A mixed number, the fractional part of which is a decimal fraction, is expressed by writing the integral part in front of the point, which is called the decimal point . Thus 273105, 0 can be written 27.1530 .
This number, expressed in terms of the fraction i o or .
See also:Door, would be 271530 . Hence the successive figures after the decimal point have the same relation to each other and to the figures before the point as if the point did not exist . The point merely indicates the denomination in which the number is expressed: the above number, expressed in terms pence, and then perform the subtraction . Generally, to find the sum or difference of two or more fractional numbers, we must replace them by other fractional numbers having the same denominator; it is usually most convenient to take as this denominator the L.C.M. of the original fractional numbers (cf . § 53)- 64 . Complex Fractions.—A fraction (or fractional number), the numerator or denominator of which is a fractional number, is called a complex fraction (or fractional number), to distinguish it from a simple fraction, which is a fraction having integers for numerator and denominator . Thus IT as of A means that we take a unit X such that 113 times X is equal to A, and then take 51 times X . To simplify this, we take a new unit Y, which is 3 of X . Then A is 34 times Y, and 1 '~ of A is 17 times Y, i.e. it is 2 of A . 65 . Multiplication of Fractional Numbers.—To multiply 4- by 7 is to take times 3 . It has already been explained (§ 62) that ?-times is an operation such that 4-times 7 times is equal to 5 times .
Hence we must express 4-, which itself means 4- times, as being 7 times something . This is done by multiplying both numerator and denominator by 7; i.e . 4- is equal to .3' which is the same of 116, would be 271 . J30, but expressed in terms of loo it would be '271530 . Fractions other than decimal fractions are usually called vulgar fractions . 75 . Decimal Numbers.—Instead of regarding the •1S3 in 27'153 as meaning -,)M-, we may regard the different figures in the expression as denoting numbers in the successive orders of submultiples of I on a denary scale . Thus, on the grouping system, 27.153 will mean 2.Io-f7+1/ro+5/
See also:IO2+3/IO3, while on the counting system it will mean the result of counting through the tens to 2, then through the ones to 7, then through tenths to 1, and so on . A number made up in this way may be called a decimal number, or, more briefly, a decimal . It will be seen that the definition includes integral numbers . 76 . Sums and Differences of Decimals.—To add or subtract decimals, we must reduce them to the same denomination, i.e. if one has more figures after the decimal point than the other, we must add sufficient o's to the latter to make the numbers of figures equal .
Thus, to add 5'413 to 3.8, we must write the latter as 3.800 . Or we may treat the former as the sum of 5.4 and •013, and recombine the •013 with the sum of 3.8 and 5'4• 77 . Product of Decimals.—To multiply two decimals exactly, we multiply them as if the point were absent, and then insert it so that the number of figures after the point in the product shall be equal to the sum of the numbers of figures after the points in the original decimals . In actual practice, however, decimals only represent approximations, and the process has to be modified (§ Iu) . 78 . Division by Decimal.—To divide one decimal by another, we must reduce them to the same denomination, as explained in § 76, and then omit the decimal points . Thus 5'413+3'8= 6-?In=5413+3800 . 7g . Historical Development of Fractions and Decimals.—The fractions used in
See also:ancient times were mainly of two kinds: unit-fractions, i.e. fractions representing aliquot parts (§ 103), and fractions with a definite denominator . The Egyptians as a rule used only unit-fractions, other fractions being expressed as the sum of unit-fractions . The only known exception was the use of . as a single fraction . Except in the case of i and a, the fraction was expressed by the denominator, with a special symbol above it .
The Babylonians expressed numbers less than r 'by the numerator of a fraction with denominator 6o; the numerator only being written . The choice of 6o appears to have been connected with the reckoning of the year as 36o days; it is perpetuated in the present subdivision of angles . The Greeks originally used unit-fractions, like the Egyptians; later they introduced the sexagesimal fractions of the Babylonians, extending the system to four or more successive subdivisions of the unit representing a degree . They also, but apparently still later and only occasionally, used fractions of the modern kind . In the sexagesimal system the numerators of the successive fractions (the denominators of which were the successive powers of 6o) were followed by' , , ", "", the denominator not being written . This notation survives in reference to theminute (') and second (") of angular measurement, and has been extended, by
See also:analogy, to the foot (') and inch (") . Since t represented 6o, and o was the next letter, the latter appears to have been used to denote absence of one of the fractions; but it is not clear that our present sign for zero was actually derived from this . In the case of fractions of the more general kind, the numerator was written first with ', and then the denominator, followed by ", was written twice . A different method was used by
See also:Diophantus, accents being omitted, and the denominator being written above and to the right of the numerator . The Romans commonly used fractions with denominator 12; these were described as unciae (ounces), being twelfths of the as (pound) . The modern system of placing the numerator above the denominator is due to the
See also:Hindus; but the dividing line is a later invention . Various systems were tried before the present,notation came to be generally accepted .
Under one system, for instance, the continued sum 5 7 X 5X 5-f-8 X 7 X 5 would be denoted by 8 5; this is somewhat similar in principle to a decimal notation, but with digits taken in the
See also:reverse order . Hindu
See also:treatises on arithmetic show the use of fractions, containing a power of ro as denominator, as early as the beginning of the 6th century A.D . There was, however, no development in the direction of decimals in the modern sense, and the
See also:Arabs, by whom the Hindu notation of integers was brought to Europe, mainly used the sexagesimal division in the ' notation . Even where the decimal notation would seem to arise naturally, as in the case of. approximate extraction of a square root, the portion which might have been expressed as a decimal was converted into sexagesimal fractions . It was not until A.D . 1585 that a decimal notation was published by
See also:Stevinus of Bruges . It is worthy of notice that the invention of this notation appears to have been due to practical needs, being required for the purpose of computation of compound
See also:interest . The present decimal notation, which is a development of that of Stevinus, was first used in 1617 by H . Briggs, the computer of logarithms . 80 . Fractions of Concrete Quantities.—The British systems of coinage, weights, lengths, &c., afford many examples of the use of fractions . These may be divided into three classes, as follows: (i) The fraction of a concrete quantity may itself not exist as a concrete quantity, but be represented by a token .
Thus, if we take a shilling as a unit, we may divide it into 12 or 48 smaller units; but corresponding coins are not really portions of a shilling, but objects which help us in counting . Similarly we may take thefarthing as a unit, and invent smaller units, represented either by tokens or by no material objects at all . Ten marks, for instance, might be taken as equivalent to a farthing; but 13 marks are not equivalent to anything except one farthing and three out of the ten acts of counting required to arrive at another farthing . (ii) In the second class of cases the fraction of the unit quantity is a quantity of the same kind, but cannot be determined with absolute exactness . Weights come in this class . The
See also:ounce, for instance, is one-sixteenth of the pound, but it is impossible to find 16 objects such that their weights shall be exactly equal and that the sum of their weights shall be exactly equal to the
See also:weight of the standard pound . (iii) Finally, there are the cases of linear measurement, where it is theoretically possible to find, by geometrical methods, an exact submultiple of a given unit, but both the unit and the submultiple are not really concrete objects, but are spatial relations embodied in objects . Of these three classes, the first is the least abstract and the last the most abstract . The first only involves number and counting . The second involves the idea of equality as a necessary characteristic of the units or subunits that are used . The third involves also the idea of continuity and therefore of unlimited subdivision . In weighing an object with ounce-weights the fact that it weighs more than I lb 3 oz. but less than r lb 4 oz. does not of itself suggest the
See also:necessity or possibility of subdivision of the ounce for purposes of greater accuracy .
But in measuring a distance we may find that it is " between " two distances differing by a unit of the lowest denomination used, and a subdivision of this unit follows naturally . 81 . ApproximateCharacter of Numbers.—The numbers (integral or decimal) by which we represent the results of arithmetical operations are often only approximately correct . All numbers, for instance,which represent physical measurements,are limited in their accuracy not only by our powers of measurement but also by the accuracy of the measure we use as our unit . Also most fractions cannot be expressed exactly as decimals; and this is also the case for surds and logarithms, as well as for the numbers expressing certain ratios which arise out of geometrical relations Even where numbers are supposed to be exact, calculations, based on them can often only be approximate . We might, for instance, calculate the exact cost of 3 lb 5 oz. of
See also:meat at 91d. a lb, but there are no coins in which we could pay this exact amount . When the result of any arithmetical operation or operations is represented approximately but not exactly by a number, the excess (positive or negative) of this number over the number which would express the result exactly is called the error . 82 . Degree of Accuracy.—There are three principal ways of expressing the degree of accuracy of any number, i.e. the extent to which it is equal to the number it is intended to represent . (i) A number can be correct to so many places of decimals . This means (cf . § 71) that the number differs from the true value by less than one-half of the unit represented by 1 in the last place of decimals .
For instance, • 143 represents + correct to 3 places of decimals, since it differs from it by less than •o005 . The final figure, in a case like this, is said to be corrected . This method is not good for
See also:comparative purposes . Thus • 143 and 14.286 represent respectively 7 and ~QQ to the same number of places of decimals, but the latter is obviously more exact than the former . (ii) A number can be correct to so many significant figures . The significant figures of a number are those which commence with the first figure other than zero in the number; thus the significant figures of 13.027 and of •00013027 are the same . This is the usual method; but the relative accuracy of two numbers expressed to the same number of significant figures depends to a certain extent on the magnitude of the first figure . Thus •14286 and •85714 represent 7 and 4 correct to 5 significant figures; but the latter is relatively more accurate than the former . For the former shows only that 7 lies between •142855 and • 142865, or, as it is better expressed, between • 1428s1 and .142861; but the latter shows that 4 lies between •857131 and •857141, and therefore that 4 lies between •142853 and '142$51 . In either of the above cases, and generally in any case where a number is known to be within a certain limit on each side of the stated value, the limit of error is expressed by the sign = . Thus the former of the above two statements would give += • 14286= •000005 . It should be observed that the numerical value of the error is to be subtracted from or added to the stated value according as the error is positive or negative: (iii) The limit of error can be expressed as a fraction of the number as stated .
Thus += '143= *0005 can be written += 143(1=a-)• 83 . Accuracy after Arithmetical Operations.—If the numbers which are the subject of operations are not all exact, the accuracy of the result requires special investigation in each case . Additions and subtractions are simple . If, for instance, the values of a and b, correct to two places of decimals, are 3.58 and 1.34, then 2.24, as the value of a—b, is not necessarily correct to two places . The limit of error of each being •005, the limit of error of their sum or difference is .or . For multiplication we make use of the
See also:formula (§ 6o (i)) (a'= a) (b' f3) = a'b' +0= (a'(3+ b'a) . If a' and b' are the stated values, and = a and f the respective limits of error, we ought strictly to take a'b'+a(3 as the product, with a limit of error= (a'(3+b'a) . In practice, however, both a(3 and a certain portion of a'b' are small in comparison with a'1(3 and b'a, and we therefore re-place a'b'+a(3 by an approximate value, and increase the limit of error so as to cover the further error thus introduced . In the case of the two numbers given in the last paragraph, the product lies between 3'575X1.335=4.772625 and 3'585 X1'345=4'821825 . We might take the product as (3'58X1'34)+(•005)2=4.797225, the limits of error being •005(3'58+1'34) = _ .0246; but it is more convenient to write it in such a form as 4.797=•025 or 4.8o= •03 . If the number of decimal places to which a result is to be accurate is determined beforehand, it is usually not necessary in the actual working to go to more than two or three placesbeyond this . At the close of the work the extra figures dropped, the last figure which remains being corrected (§ 82 if necessary .
84 . Roots and Surds.—The pth root of a number 043) may, if the number is an integer, be found by expressing it in terms of its prime factors; or, if it isnot an integer, by expressing it as a fraction in its lowest terms, and finding the pth roots of the numerator and of the denominator separately . Thus to find the cube root of 1728, we write it in the form 26.33, and find that its cube root is 22.3 = 12; Cr, to find the cube root of 1.728, we write it as iii=1--= 235 3' and find that the cube root is 253 =1.2 . Similarly the cube root of 2197 is 13 . But we cannot find any number whose cube is 2000 . It is, however, possible to find a number whose cube shall approximate as closely as we please to 2000 . Thus the cubes of 12.5 and of 12.6 are respectively 1953'125 and 2000.376, so that the number whose cube differs as little as possible from 2000 is somewhere between 12.5 and 12.6 . Again the cube of 12.59 is 1995.616979, so that the number lies between 12.59 and 12.6o . We may therefore consider that there is some number x whose cube is 2000, and we can find this number to any degree of accuracy that we please . A number of this kind is called a surd; the surd which is the pth root of N is written jN, but if the index is 2 it is usually omitted, so that the square root of N is written %IN . 85 . Surd as a Power.—We have seen (§§ 4344) that, if we take the successive powers of a number N, commencing with 1, they may be written N°, N1, N2, N3, .
. . , the series of indices being the standard series; and we have also seen (§ 44) that multiplication of any two of these numbers corresponds to addition of their indices . Hence we may insert in the power-series numbers with fractional indices, provided that the multiplication of these numbers follows the same law . The number denoted by Ni will therefore be such that N1XNAXN0=NA+;+3=N; i.e. it will be the cube root of N . By analogy with the notation of fractional numbers, Ni will be NI+i = Ni X Ni; and, generally, NQ will mean the product of p numbers, the product of q of which is equal to N . Thus Na will not mean the same as Ni, but will mean the square of Ni; but this will be equal to N3, i.e . (;l N)2= i/N . 86 . Multiplication and Division of Surds.—To add or subtract fractional numbers, we must reduce them to a common denominator ; and similarly, to multiply or divide surds, we must express them as power-numbers with the same index . Thus ,72 X 5 = 2AX52 =26X56=48X125i=5006=64 500 . 87 . Antilogarithms.—If we take a fixed number, e.g .
2, as base, and take as indices the successive decimal numbers to any particular number of places of decimals, we get a series of antilogarithms of the indices to this base . Thus, if we go to two places of decimals, we have as the integral series the numbers 1, 2, 4, 8, . . . which are the values of 2°, 21, 22, . . . and we insert within this series the successive powers of x, where x is such that x'0° = 2 . We thus get the numbers 2.01, 2.02, 2.03, . . . , which are the
See also:anti-logarithms of .or, •02, .03, .. . to base 2; the first antilogarithm being 2.0°=1, which is thus the antilogarithm of o to this (or any other) base . The series is formed by successive multiplication, and any antilogarithm to a larger number of decimal places is formed from it in the same way by multiplication . If, for instance, we have found 2.31, then the value of 2.316 is found from it by multiplying by the 6th power of the
See also:loot th root of 2 . For practical purposes the number taken as base is ro the convenience ' of this being that the increase of the index by an integer means multiplication by the corresponding power of It), i.e. it means a shifting of the decimal point . In the same way, by dividing by powers of 10 we may get negative indices .
88 . Logarithms.—If N is the antilogarithm of p to the base a, i.e. if N= a'', then p is called the logarithm of N to the base a, and is written loge . N . As the table of antilogarithms is formed by successive multiplications, so the logarithm of any given are (i) ) number is in theory found by successive divisions . Thus, to find the logarithm of a number to base 2, the number being greater than 1, we first divide repeatedly by 2 until we get a number between r and 2; then divide repeatedly by 10,12 until we get a number between 1 and 10^12; then divide repeatedly by 1oo312; and so on . If, for instance, we find that the number is approximately equal to 23 X ('°s,12) 5 X ('°N2) 7 X (IOOO-^12) 4, it may be written 23.574 and its logarithm to base 2 is 3.574 . For a further explanation of logarithms, and for an explanation of the treatment of cases in which an antilogarithm is less than I, see LOGARITHM . For practical purposes logarithms are usually calculated to base lo, so that loglo to=1, loglo too= 2, &c . IX . UNITS 8q .
See also:Change of Denomination of a numerical quantity is usually called reduction, so that this term covers, e.g., the expression of £IJ3, 7s . 4d. as shillings and pence and also the expression of 3067S .
4d. as L s. and d . The usual statement is that to express £153, 7s. as shillings we multiply 153 by 20 and add 7 . This, as already explained (§37), is incorrect . £153 denotes 153 units, each of which is £1 or 2os.; and therefore we must multiply 20S. by 153 and add 7s., i.e. multiply 20 by 153 (the unit being now Is.) and add 7 . This is the expression of the process on the grouping method . On the counting method we have a scale with every 2oth shilling marked as a ; there are 153 of these 20's, and 7 over . The simplest case, in which the quantity can be expressed as an integral number of the largest units involved, has already been considered (§§ 37, 42) . The same method can be applied in other cases by regarding a quantity expressed in several de- nominations as a fractional number of units of the largest denomination men- tioned; thus 7S . 4d. is to be taken as meaning 73,zs., but £o, 7S . 4d. as L zo (§ r 7) . The reduction of £153, 7s . 4d. to pence, and of 368o8d. to L s. d., on this principle, is shown in diagrams A and B above .
For reduction of pounds to shillings, or shillings to pounds, we must consider that we have a multiple-table (§ 36) in which the multiples of £I and of 20S. are arranged in parallel columns; and similarly for shillings and pence . 90 . Change of Unit.—The statement " £153=3o6os." is not a statement of equality of the same kind as the statement " 153)00=3060," but only a statement of equivalence for certain purposes; in other words, it does not convey an absolute truth . It is therefore of interest to see whether we cannot replace it by an absolute truth . To do this, consider what the ordinary processes of multiplication and division mean in reference to concrete objects . If we want to give, to 5 boys, 4 apples each, we are said to multiply 4 apples by 5 . We cannot multiply 4 apples by 5 boys, for then we should get 20 " boy-apples," an expression which has no meaning . Or, again, to distribute 20 apples amongst 5 boys, we are not regarded as dividing 20 apples by 5 boys, but as dividing 20 apples by the number 5 . The multiplication or division here involves the omission of the unit " boy," and the operation is incomplete . The complete operation, in each case, is as follows . (i) In the case of multiplication we commence with the conception of the number " 5 " and the unit " boy "; and we then convert this unit into 4 apples, and thus obtain the result,20 apples . The conversion of the unit may be represented as multiplication by a factor 4abo~es, so that the operation is 4apples X5boys= 5X41 boy SX 1 r boy=5X4apples =2oapples .
Similarly, to convert £153 into shillings we must multiply it by a factor 2I, so that we get 20S . 20S . £1 X £153 =153 X £1 X £I = 153 X 20s . =3060S . Hence we can only regard £153 as being equal to 3o6os. if we regard this converting factor as unity . (ii) In the case of partition we can express the complete operation if we extend the meaning of division so as to enable us to divide 20 apples by 5 boys . We thus get 25 do s s = 4 i boy apples' which means that thedistribution can be effected by distributing at the rate of 4 applesper boy . The converting factor mentioned under (i) therefore represents a rate; and partition, applied to concrete cases, leads to a rate . In reference to the use of the sign X with the converting factor, it should be observed that "4 X " symbolizes the replacing of so many times 4 lb by the same number of times 7 lb, while " i-X " symbolizes the replacing of 4 times something by 7 times that something . X . ARITHMETICAL REASONING 91 .
See also:Correspondence of Series of Numbers.— In §§ 33-42 we have dealt with the
See also:parallelism of the original number-series with a series consisting of the corresponding multiples of some unit, whether a number or a numerical quantity; and the relations arising out of multiplication, division, &c., have been exhibited by diagrams comprising pairs of corresponding terms of the two series .
This, however, is only a particular case of the correspondence of two series . In considering addition, for instance, we have introduced two parallel series, each being the original number-series, but the two being placed in different positions . If we add 1,2,3, . . . to 6, we obtain a series 7,8,9, . . . , the terms of which correspond with those of the original series 1,2,3, .. . Again, in §§61-75 and 84-88 we have considered various kinds of numbers other than those in the original number-series . In general, these have involved two of the original numbers, e.g . 53 involves 5 and 3, and loge 8 involves 2 and 8 . In some cases, however, e.g. in the case of negative numbers and reciprocals, only one is involved; and there might be three or more, as in the case of a number expressed by (a+ b)" . If all but one of these
See also:con- , stituent elements are settled beforehand, e.g. if we take the numbers 5, 5 2, 5 3, . , or the numbers 31,/1,3s/ 2, 311/3, ... or loglo poor, loglo I.0o2, loglo" 1.003 .
. . we obtain a series in which each term corresponds with a term of the original number-series . This correspondence is usually shown by tabulation, i.e. by the formation of a table in which the original series is shown in one A B C column, and each term of the second series is placed in a second column op- posite the corresponding term of the first series, o •000 each column being headed r 1 •000 by a description of its 2 1.414 contents . It is sometimes 3 1.732 convenient to begin the first series with o, and even to give the series of nega- tive numbers; in most cases, however, these latter are regarded as belonging to a different series, and they need not be considered here . The diagrams, A, B, C are simple forms of tables; A giving a sum-series, B a multiple-series, and C a series of square roots, calculated approximately . 92 . Correspondence of Numerical Quantities.—Again, in § 89, we have considered cases of multiple-tables of numerical quantities, where each quantity in one series is equivalent to the corresponding quantity in the other series . We might extend this principle to cases in which the terms of two series, whether of numbers or A I s . 12d . L1 20S . 368o8d . 3067S . 4d .
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