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Topic: Whole, Natural, & Counting Numbers?
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C. McGinnis

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Re: Whole, Natural, & Counting Numbers?
Posted: Oct 1, 2001 5:45 PM
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The Natural ( or Counting ) Numbers are the first numbers you learn. They
are sometimes called the counting numbers because they are the numbers you
count with. I.e. 1, 2, 3, 4, ...

The Whole Numbers includes all of the Natural numbers with the addition of

Zero is not a Natural Number because it is not a counting number, and infact
was developed at a later time. (Or so they say.) You don't count to 3
saying 0, 1, 2, 3.

I hope this clears it up for you.

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