Math Question?

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2kool4life

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11-12-2012

No actual math involved but I'm just wondering..

Why do we naturally count from 1 to 10?
Why do we only have ten digits? 0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9

I can understand 0 and 1. 0 meaning nothing and 1 meaning something. Then we start adding, or doubling and other stuff to get other numbers but why is it that we only have 10 digits? Why don't we have 11 digits, or 20, or one thousand? Is it because it is too much to count? Do we stop at 10 digits just to make counting and math as a whole, easier?


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MasterfulWizard

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11-12-2012

If you don't use the math system then you aren't doing math. It's a predetermined system so everyone is on the same page.


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Dobagoh

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11-12-2012

Because of the muslims.

The Chinese, Mayans, and Mesopotamians used counting systems of 12 and 60. Base 10 was a relatively new invention by towelheads.


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Jesus the Friend

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11-12-2012

I will channel JDQ and say;
This thread is stupid, post pictures of JDQ.


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2kool4life

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11-12-2012

Quote:
Originally Posted by Dobagoh View Post
Because of the muslims.

The Chinese, Mayans, and Mesopotamians used counting systems of 12 and 60. Base 10 was a relatively new invention by towelheads.
I think this was the answer I was looking for. Thanks.

****ing towelheads.


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Kohana Sushi

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11-12-2012

We do have ten digits... 0-9 is ten digits.


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2kool4life

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11-12-2012

Quote:
Originally Posted by Fruity Flowers View Post
We do have ten digits... 0-9 is ten digits.
changed* thx~


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lmbajoe

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11-12-2012

Base 10 seems a lot easier to use than other systems


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Dobagoh

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11-12-2012

Quote:
Originally Posted by lmbajoe View Post
Base 10 seems a lot easier to use than other systems
only because you've been using it your entire life.

fail more brosef


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Mere Intricacy

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11-12-2012

There is binary which only uses base 2.
And hypothetical you could come up with any based system and the maths would work all the same..
It's just our conventional.
I don't know the history, but could counting on finger have anything to do with it.


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