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# In your society would a number system that uses only counting numbers be practical?

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###### January 19, 2008 10:49PM

A society that cannot compute fractions and has no concept of "zero" is at an instant disadvantage compared to one that can and does.

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### If we mutiply one integer by another integer that is a whole number but not a counting number What is the product?

The product is an integer that may or may not be a counting
number.
All integers are whole numbers.
The counting numbers are {1, 2, 3, ...}
The integers are the counting numbers along with 0 and the
negative counting numbers, ie {..., -3, -2, -1, 0, 1, 2, 3,
...}
The product of two of these is an integer that will be:
a negative counting number {..., -3, -2, -1} - the first
integer is a counting number, the second is a negative counting
number
zero {0} - either, or both, number is zero
a counting number {1, 2, 3, ...} both integers are negative
counting numbers.