Whole Numbers

What Is a Whole Number?

The whole numbers are the numbers:

Whole Numbers As Counting Numbers

Whole numbers can be used to count a whole number of objects or say whether there are no objects at all.

Note: Mathematicians usually call the numbers from 1 upwards (1, 2, 3...) counting numbers or natural numbers. If we include 0, this becomes the whole numbers.

Whole Numbers on the Number Line

The image below shows the whole numbers on the number line.

Note: The whole numbers are not found in between the numbers shown.

See Also

What is a positive number? What is a negative number? What is a number line? What is a fraction?