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In our modern system of numbering, numbers are counted in units of 10. A zero written to the right of a number indicates the number is increased ten times.

EXAMPLE
10
= 1 X 10
100
= 1 X 10 X 10
1,000
= 1 X 10 X 10 X 10
and so on...

10 characters (0-9) are used in the modern numbering system to represent all possible numbers. The position of a character within a larger number is important to defining its value. Each character to the right implies a zero which increases the value of that number by ten times.

EXAMPLE

751 equals 700 + 50 + 1

751 does not equal 7 + 5 + 1


The Egyptian numbering system was also based on units of 10, but instead of relying on the position of numbers to define their value, the Egyptians used different images to represent different units of 10.

100,000 10,000 1,000 100 10 1

To write a number, the hieroglyph representing each unit of ten would simply be drawn as many times as was necessary.

EXAMPLE
500, would be written:

 

 

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