Whole number

# Whole number

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Encyclopedia
Whole number is a term with inconsistent definitions by different authors. All distinguish whole numbers from fraction
Fraction (mathematics)
A fraction represents a part of a whole or, more generally, any number of equal parts. When spoken in everyday English, we specify how many parts of a certain size there are, for example, one-half, five-eighths and three-quarters.A common or "vulgar" fraction, such as 1/2, 5/8, 3/4, etc., consists...

s and numbers with fractional parts.

Whole numbers may refer to:
• natural number
Natural number
In mathematics, the natural numbers are the ordinary whole numbers used for counting and ordering . These purposes are related to the linguistic notions of cardinal and ordinal numbers, respectively...

s in sense (1, 2, 3, ...) — the positive integers
• natural number
Natural number
In mathematics, the natural numbers are the ordinary whole numbers used for counting and ordering . These purposes are related to the linguistic notions of cardinal and ordinal numbers, respectively...

s in sense (0, 1, 2, 3, ...) — the non-negative integers
• all integer
Integer
The integers are formed by the natural numbers together with the negatives of the non-zero natural numbers .They are known as Positive and Negative Integers respectively...

s (..., -3, -2, -1, 0, 1, 2, 3, ...)

See History of natural numbers and the status of zero for some more information.