Properties of Whole Number

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Introduction

To understand the concept of Whole Numbers first we need to know what are Natural Numbers and then we will be able to understand about Properties of Whole Number.

Natural Numbers come naturally when we start counting like numbers 1,2,3,4 and hence they are called Natural Numbers.

Whole Numbers are the natural numbers along with ‘ 0’. So the numbers 0, 1,2,3,4,5 are called Whole Numbers.

Before knowing the Properties of Whole Numbers we should understand the following:-

  • Successor of a Whole Number
  • Predecessor of a Whole Number
  • Representation of Whole Numbers on a Number Line

The properties of Whole Number are better understood with respect to the different operations in maths for addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. It helps in many problems in an easier manner with the use of these properties.

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Closure Property

1. Closure Property in Addition :

If a and b are two whole numbers then a+b  is also a whole number.

Example 1 :   a= 4, b=7 

then  4+7 = 11 ,  implying  4, 7, and 11 all are whole numbers.

Example 2 . a = 4, b = 6, a + b = 10

Now a and b are whole numbers, hence the result of addtition of a+b is also a whole number.

Therefore  4 + 6 = 10 , 10 is also a whole number.

Example 3. Suppose  a = 5, b = 9,

Then   a + b = 14

            5 + 9 = 14

Implying a+b  which equals 14 is also a whole number.

Example 4.   If a = 8, b = 3,  and a &b are whole numbers, then 

a + b =  8 + 3 = 11

11 is also a whole number. 

  1. a = 6, b = 10, a + b = 16

             6 + 10 = 16

To summarise: On the Addition of any two whole numbers, you will see that the result of addition is again a whole number.

2. Closure Property Multiplication:

If a and b are two whole numbers then a x b is also a whole number.  

Example 1.  If 4 and 7 are whole numbers then,

4 x 7 =28.

Implying 4, 7, and 28 all are whole numbers.

Example 2. Asssume a and b are whole numbers and if a = 3, b = 6,

=> a x b 

=> 3 x 6 = 18

Implying 3, 6, and 18 all are whole numbers.

Example 3 . If a = 5, b = 11,  and a &b are whole numbers, then 

=> a x b

=> 5 x 11

=> 55

Implying that 5, 11, and the multiplication result 55 all are whole numbers.

Example 4. If a = 9, b = 2,  and a & b are whole numbers, then 

=> a x b

=> 9 x 2

=> 18

Implying that 9, 2, and the multiplication result 18 all are whole numbers.

Example 5. If a = 1, b = 8,  and a &b are whole numbers, then 

=>a x b

=>1 x 8 = 8

Implying that 1, 8, and the multiplication result 8 all are whole numbers.

To Summarise: As we look at the examples above when we multiply any two whole numbers, then you will see that the multiplication result is again a whole number.

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Commutative Property

  • Commutative Property in Addition

If  a and b are two whole numbers, then

a + b = b + a

If we change the order, the sum of whole numbers remains unchanged.

The sum of two whole numbers remains the same even after interchanging the order of the numbers.

  • Example 1

If  a and b are two whole numbers and  a = 5, b = 5,

Then  as per this property a + b =  b + a 

5 + 5 = 5 + 5

10 = 10

So if we see above the answer on the left-hand side and the answer on the right-hand side, both answers are 10.

  • Example 2: If a and b are two whole numbers and a = 7, b = 8.

    Then  as per  this property  a + b =  b + a 

     7 + 8 = 8 + 7

           15 = 15

So if we see above the answer on the left-hand side and the answer on the right-hand side, both answers are 15.

  • Example 3 :

If a and b are two whole numbers and a = 3, b = 9.

Then  as per  this property  a + b =  b + a 

a = 3, b = 9,

a + b =  b + a 

3 + 9 = 9 + 3

     12 = 12

So if we see above the answer on the left-hand side and the answer on the right-hand side, both answers are 12.

  • Example 4.  If a and b are two whole numbers and a = 6, b = 8.

Then  as per  this property  a + b =  b + a 

a = 6, b = 8

a + b =  b + a

6 + 8 = 8 + 6

     14 = 14

So if we see above the answer on the left-hand side and the answer on the right-hand side, both answers are 14.

  • Example 5. If a and b are two whole numbers and a = 7, b = 5,

a + b =  b + a =12

7 + 5 = 7 + 5

    12 = 12

So if we see above the answer on the left-hand side and the answer on the right-hand side, both answers are 12.

  • Commutative Property in Multiplication

For any two whole numbers  a and b

a x b =b x a

This implies that the product of whole numbers remain unchanged even if change the order of numbers while multiplication.

 6 x 12= 12x 6

72= 72

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Associative Property

  • Associative Property of Addition

If a, b, and c are three whole numbers then ( a+b ) + c = a+ ( b+c ). This implies even if we change the association of numbers, the result does not change.

  • Associative Property of Multiplication

If a, b, and c are three whole numbers then

( ax b ) x c = ax ( b x c ). This implies even if we change the association of numbers , the result does not changes.

Identity Element

The identity element of addition for whole numbers is 0 i.e on adding 0, the number shall remain unchanged. It implies that the sum of any whole number and zero ( 0 ) is the number itself.

General Property:  a+0 = a

  • Example 1 :  Assume a= 17,   then 17 + 0 = 7 ( i.e. number itself )
  • Example 2 :  Assume a = 125,   then 125 + 0 = 125 ( i.e. number itself )

Distributive Property of Multiplication

  1. Distributive Property in Addition

The Distributive Property says that when we multiply the sum of two or more addends by a number, then it  will give same answer as multiplying each addend individually by the number and then adding each of the multiplication results.

General Property: a × ( b + c ) = ( a × b ) + ( b × c )

Example 1:  Let a = 3 , b= 5 and c = 8

3×( 5+8 ) = (3× 5)+(3×8)

     3 × 13 = 15 + 24

            39 = 39

          LHS = RHS

Example 2 : Let a = 10, b = 7 and c = 12

10×(7+12)=(10×7)+(10×12)

    10 × 19 = 70 + 120

          190 = 190

         LHS = RHS

 Example 3 : Let a = 25, b = 11 and c = 40

25×(11+40) =(25×11)+(25×40)

      25 × 51 = 275 + 1000

         1275 = 1275

          LHS = RHS

 Example 4 : Let a = 100, b = 70 and c = 30

100×(70+30)=(100×70)+(100×30)

   100 × 100 = 7000 + 3000

         10000 = 10000

           LHS = RHS

 

2. Distributive Property in Subtraction

According to distributive property multiplying the difference of two numbers by a number will give the same result as multiplying each number individually and then finding the difference of the products.

General Property: a × (b – c) = ( a × b )– ( a × c )

Example 1: Let a = 9 , b = 5 and c = 2

9×(5–2) = (9×5)– (9×2)

    9 × 3 = 45 – 18

       27 = 27

    LHS = RHS

  • Example 2. Let a = 11, b = 10 and c = 7

11 ×(10–7) = (11×10)–(11×7)

       11 × 3 = 110 –77

            33 = 33

         LHS = RHS

  • Example 3 : Let a = 50, b = 25 and c = 12

50×(25–12)=(50×25)–(50×12)

       50 × 13 = 1250 – 600

             650 = 650

           LHS =  RHS

  • Example 4 : Let a = 100, b= 75 and c = 20

100×(75–20)=(100×75)–(100×20)

      100 × 55 = 7500 – 2000

            5500 = 5500

            LHS = RHS

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Difference Between Counting Numbers and Whole Numbers

S.No

Counting Numbers

Whole Numbers

1

Natural numbers are defined as the basic counting numbers. The counting number or natural number are {1, 2, 3, 4, 5, …}.

Whole numbers are defined as the set of natural numbers, and it started with zero. The whole numbers are{0,1, 2, 3, 4, 5, …}.

2

Counting or Natural Numbers are represented using the letter “N”.

To represent Whole Numbers we use the letter “W”.

3

Counting number starts from 1.

Whole number starts from 0.

4

We can say that all the counting numbers are considered as whole numbers.

All the whole numbers are not considered as counting numbers as 0 is not a counting number.

Conclusion

To summarise there are  5 Properties of Whole Number that are Closure Property, Commutative Property, Associative Property, Identity Element and Distributive Property. Above we have gone into details understanding of the concept by giving several examples for each property.

Frequently Asked Questions on Whole Numbers

Whole numbers are the positive numbers starting from the number 0 and go up to infinity.

For children at an early age, it is easiest for them to understand whole numbers as they can do counting comfortably with it. The four main pillars of Mathematics -addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division can be understood well when the foundation of numbers and counting is clear to the kids.

Zero – “0” is the smallest number whole number.

All the numbers starting from 0 like 0,1,2,3 4,5… are whole numbers as they are not decimals or fractions.

  • Whole numbers is a set of positive integers.
  • 0 is also a whole number.
  • All the whole numbers except 0 are natural numbers too.

Numbers that are negative, fractional numbers having denominators other than 1, and irrational numbers are the numbers that are not whole numbers.

No, whole numbers can’t be negative. In fact, it is a set of positive integers.

Yes, all the natural numbers are whole numbers.

Yes, all the whole numbers are real numbers.

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