## Saturday, 12 January 2013

### NUMBER SYSTEM (1)

by Mr Johari

Every picture paints a thousand words.
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The table above shows a numeral models of various civilizations. What is/are the message(s) that the table tries to communicate to us?

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1. Some civilisations copy other's numeral system.

1. first to complete! YAY!!!

2. Different civilisations may have the same numeral system because they might have copied others.

1. Second! I got silver, the best of the three

3. Although different civilisations and countries have their own numeral systems, as the world began to evolve, some of the people from their own countries with their own numeral system might have gotten influenced by other people when they began travelling. Gradually, the numeral systems from around the world merged into the one we commonly use today.

4. Different civilisations used different symbols to represent numbers for counting. A number system is the set of symbols used to express quantities and representing value. But at that time there were no pens or pencils to present numbers. Hence the people had to use different ways to present numbers.

5. Once a basic number was developed , people from that civilisation that developed that number system travelled to other places / civilisations , the original number system was spread and as time passed , the civilisations began to want to "boast" that they developed the number system , so by modifying it , it made the "new" number system seem different and thus , the civilisation had something to show off . However , the original number system may have not gone to the romans or the romans did not want to adopt the number system as only their number system varied from the other civilisations number system .

6. In different civilisations, they have different ways to write numerals but some of them is very similar, which may mean that some civilisations may have copied their numerals and claimed it as their own.

7. Various civilizations have various numeral systems but most of them are either copied and they changed it a little to call it their own or they just use other civiliztions' numeral systems.

8. Different civilisations have similar numerical systems as they copied it from someone else. However they still tried to change it a little bit to make it 'unique'.

9. Certain civilisations may have copied others but they edited it a bit to call it their own. That is why some of the numbers look almost the same as the some other civilisations.

10. Different civilizations use different ways of expressing numbers. However, most of the numbers had been copied from another civilization and modified one way or another.

11. The different civilisations' numeral models are almost the same as some copied from another civilisation, only changing it a little to claim it as their own.

12. Each civilisation copied the other number systems and changed it a bit to use as their won.

13. Every civilization has their own pattern or ways to express the number pattern. The more modern civilation's number system looks the most simplified as they took others' number system, modified it a bit and call it theirs. The older civilizationns used symbols for numbers and as time evolved, other civilization modified, or simplified, it making it look less complex.

14. i wish i had something different to say but i guess i might as well repeat, so yes basically they took other civilizations' number systems, improved as best as they can and made it theirs. it's pretty much plaguarism. except for the roman's i'm not sure why, maybe because they were the first to have a numerical system. or they're awesome! but in all seriousness I do see the relation it's quite obvious.

15. There was no law in any other country saying that copyright charges will be held against those who copy the numeral system of a certain country. Thus, many countries started copying each other, so as to advance their numeral system and not to be the country 'lacking behind' others.
But the citizens of ancient civilians do have a sense of responsibility/ creativity though. They made sure that they did not copy another country's numerical system by modifying the size, the way of writing it, and the boldness of the font, so that the numerical system could be theirs for like, eternity? And no one from other civilisation can say that they had copied theirs. yay.