# 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.