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Hi teachers:

Can you tell me the differences between number, figure and digit? Especially the confusion on number and figure.

Thanks

Can you tell me the differences between number, figure and digit? Especially the confusion on number and figure.

Thanks

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figure, digit = 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 0

number = 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 0, but also 11, 12, 13 ..... 9999 etc

I'm not a teacher, but I hope it makes at least some sense.

RuslanaBokehWhat do you mean by a float?

Clive

CliveA float (floating point number ) is a computer science term for a number with a radix point (more commonly known as a decimal point when dealing with base 10 numbers). What's the laymans term for a float?

BokehIf you mean eg 1 mile = 1

.6 kms, most people would call it a decimal point.However, I wouldn't say that the term 'figure' can only be used for numbers involving decimals.

In practice, I think I tend to think of a figure as a number that represents something, eg $10,000 or 857 miles.

Best wishes, Clive

CliveLook like we all agree that digit = {0, 1, ..., 9}.

In terms of a 6-digit number or a 6-figure salary, both

digitandfigureare the same. However, we saygovernment figures,notgovernment digits.In this case,a figureis a symbol that represents a measurement (amount, quantity, distance).The term

numberis similar tofigurein the sense of measurement. However,numberdoes cover some other usages such ascardinal / prime number.Therefore, in terms of numbering system,

numberincludesfigurewhich includesdigit.Hoa ThaiKooyeenBokeh