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 (09) 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:

