NCERT Class VI Mathematics Chapter 1 Knowing Our Numbers

National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) Book for Class VI
Subject: Mathematics
Chapter: Chapter 1 – Knowing Our Numbers

Class VI NCERT Mathematics Text Book Chapter 1 Knowing Our Numbers is given below.

1.1 Introduction

Counting things is easy for us now. We can count objects in large numbers, for example, the number of students in the school, and represent them through numerals. We can also communicate large numbers using suitable number names.

It is not as if we always knew how to convey large quantities in conversation or through symbols. Many thousands years ago, people knew only small numbers. Gradually, they learnt how to handle larger numbers. They also learnt how to express large numbers in symbols. All this came through collective efforts of human beings. Their path was not easy, they struggled all along the way. In fact, the development of whole of Mathematics can be understood this way. As human beings progressed, there was greater need for development of Mathematics and as a result Mathematics grew further and faster.

We use numbers and know many things about them. Numbers help us count concrete objects. They help us to say which collection of objects is bigger and arrange them in order e.g., first, second, etc. Numbers are used in many different contexts and in many ways. Think about various situations where we use numbers. List five distinct situations in which numbers are used.

We enjoyed working with numbers in our previous classes. We have added, subtracted, multiplied and divided them. We also looked for patterns in number sequences and done many other interesting things with numbers. In this chapter, we shall move forward on such interesting things with a bit of review and revision as well.


1.2 Comparing Numbers

As we have done quite a lot of this earlier, let us see if we remember which is the greatest among these :

(i) 92, 392, 4456, 89742

(ii) 1902, 1920, 9201, 9021, 9210

So, we know the answers.

Discuss with your friends, how you find the number that is the greatest.

We just looked at the number of digits and found the answer.

The greatest number has the most thousands and the smallest is only in hundreds or in tens.

Make five more problems of this kind and give to your friends to solve. Now, how do we compare 4875 and 3542?

This is also not very difficult.These two numbers have the same number of digits. They are both in thousands. But the digit at the thousands place in 4875 is greater than that in 3542. Therefore, 4875 is greater than 3542.





Next tell which is greater, 4875 or 4542? Here too the numbers have the same number of digits. Further, the digits at the thousands place are same in both. What do we do then? We move to the next digit, that is to the digit at the hundreds place. The digit at the hundreds place is greater in 4875 than in 4542. Therefore, 4875 is greater than 4542.







If the digits at hundreds place are also same in the two numbers, then what do we do?

Compare 4875 and 4889 ; Also compare 4875 and 4879.

1.2.1 How many numbers can you make?

Suppose, we have four digits 7, 8, 3, 5. Using these digits we want to make different 4-digit numbers such that no digits are repeated in a number. Thus, 7835 is allowed, but 7735 is not. Make as many 4-digit numbers as you can. Which is the greatest number you can get? Which is the smallest number? The greatest number is 8753 and the smallest is 3578.

Think about the arrangement of the digits in both. Can you say how the largest number is formed? Write down your procedure.

Stand in proper order

1. Who is the tallest?

2. Who is the shortest?

(a) Can you arrange them in the increasing order of their heights?

(b) Can you arrange them in the decreasing order of their heights?


Which to buy?

Sohan and Rita went to buy an almirah. There were many almirahs available with their price tags.





(a) Can you arrange their prices in increasing order?

(b) Can you arrange their prices in decreasing order?



Ascending order Ascending order means arrangement from the smallest to the greatest.

Descending order Descending order means arrangement from the greatest to the smallest.


1.2.2 Shifting digits

Have you thought what fun it would be if the digits in a number could shift (move) from one place to the other?

Think about what would happen to 182. It could become as large as 821 and as small as 128. Try this with 391 as well.

Now think about this. Take any 3-digit number and exchange the digit at the hundreds place with the digit at the ones place.

(a) Is the new number greater than the former one?

(b) Is the new number smaller than the former number?

Write the numbers formed in both ascending and descending order.

If you exchange the 1st and the 3rd tiles (i.e. digits), in which case does the number become greater? In which case does it become smaller?

Try this with a 4-digit number.

1.2.3 Introducing 10,000

We know that beyond 99 there is no 2-digit number. 99 is the greatest 2-digit number. Similarly, the greatest 3-digit number is 999 and the greatest 4-digit number is 9999. What shall we get if we add 1 to 9999?

Look at the pattern : 9 + 1 = 10 = 10 × 1
99 + 1 = 100 = 10 × 10
999 + 1 = 1000 = 10 × 100

We observe that

Greatest single digit number + 1 = smallest 2-digit number

Greatest 2-digit number + 1 = smallest 3-digit number

Greatest 3-digit number + 1 = smallest 4-digit number


Should not we then expect that on adding 1 to the greatest 4-digit number, we would get the smallest 5-digit number, that is 9999 + 1 = 10000. The new number which comes next to 9999 is 10000. It is called ten thousand. Further, we expect 10000 = 10 × 1000.

1.2.4 Revisiting place value

You have done this quite earlier, and you will certainly remember the expansion of a 2-digit number like 78 as

78 = 70 + 8 = 7 × 10 + 8

Similarly, you will remember the expansion of a 3-digit number like 278 as

278 = 200 + 70 + 8 = 2 × 100 + 7 × 10 + 8

We say, here, 8 is at ones place, 7 is at tens place and 2 at hundreds place. Later on we extended this idea to 4-digit numbers.

For example, the expansion of 5278 is

5278 = 5000 + 200 + 70 + 8

= 5 × 1000 + 2 × 100 + 7 × 10 + 8

Here, 8 is at ones place, 7 is at tens place, 2 is at hundreds place and 5 is at thousands place.

With the number 10000 known to us, we may extend the idea further. We may write 5-digit numbers like

45278 = 4 × 10000 + 5 × 1000 + 2 × 100 + 7 × 10 + 8

We say that here 8 is at ones place, 7 at tens place, 2 at hundreds place, 5 at thousands place and 4 at ten thousands place. The number is read as forty five thousand, two hundred seventy eight. Can you now write the smallest and the greatest 5-digit numbers?


1.2.5 Introducing 1,00,000

Which is the greatest 5-digit number?

Adding 1 to the greatest 5-digit number, should give the smallest 6-digit number : 99,999 + 1 = 1,00,000

This number is named one lakh. One lakh comes next to 99,999.

10 × 10,000 = 1,00,000

We may now write 6-digit numbers in the expanded form as

2,46,853 = 2 × 1,00,000 + 4 × 10,000 + 6 × 1,000 + 8 × 100 + 5 × 10 +3 × 1

This number has 3 at ones place, 5 at tens place, 8 at hundreds place, 6 at thousands place, 4 at ten thousands place and 2 at lakh place. Its number name is two lakh forty six thousand eight hundred fifty three.


1.2.6 Larger numbers

If we add one more to the greatest 6-digit number we get the smallest 7-digit number. It is called ten lakh.

Write down the greatest 6-digit number and the smallest 7-digit number. Write the greatest 7-digit number and the smallest 8-digit number. The smallest 8-digit number is called one crore.

Complete the pattern :

9 + 1 = 10

99 + 1 = 100

999 + 1 = _______

9,999 + 1 = _______

99,999 + 1 = _______

9,99,999 + 1 = _______

99,99,999 + 1 = 1,00,00,000




We come across large numbers in many different situations. For example, while the number of children in your class would be a 2-digit number, the number of children in your school would be a 3 or 4-digit number.





The number of people in the nearby town would be much larger.

Is it a 5 or 6 or 7-digit number?

Do you know the number of people in your state?

How many digits would that number have?

What would be the number of grains in a sack full of wheat? A 5-digit number, a 6-digit number or more?


1.2.7 An aid in reading and writing large numbers

Try reading the following numbers :

(a) 279453                (b) 5035472

(c) 152700375        (d) 40350894

Was it difficult?

Did you find it difficult to keep track?

Sometimes it helps to use indicators to read and write large numbers.

Shagufta uses indicators which help her to read and write large numbers. Her indicators are also useful in writing the expansion of numbers. For example, she identifies the digits in ones place, tens place and hundreds place in 257 by

writing them under the tables O, T and H as

H                    T                       O                         Expansion

2                    5                       7                            2 × 100 + 5 × 10 + 7 × 1

Similarly, for 2902,

Th                  H                      T                      O                            Expansion

2                     9                       0                      2                          2 × 1000 + 9 × 100 + 0 × 10 + 2 × 1

One can extend this idea to numbers upto lakh as seen in the following table.

(Let us call them placement boxes). Fill the entries in the blanks left.

Similarly, we may include numbers upto crore as shown below :

You can make other formats of tables for writing the numbers in expanded form.


Use of commas

You must have noticed that in writing large numbers in the sections above, we have often used commas. Commas help us in reading and writing large numbers. In our Indian System of Numeration we use ones, tens, hundreds, thousands and then lakhs and crores. Commas are used to mark thousands,



lakhs and crores. The first comma comes after hundreds place (three digits from the right) and marks thousands. The second comma comes two digits later (five digits from the right). It comes after ten thousands place and marks lakh. The third comma comes after anothertwodigits(seven digits from the right). Itcomes after ten lakh place and marks crore.

For example, 5, 08, 01, 592

3, 32, 40, 781

7, 27, 05, 062

Try reading the numbers given above. Write five more numbers in this form and read them.

How much was the increase during 1991-2001? Try to find out.

Do you know what is India’s population today? Try to find this too.




Can you help me write the numeral?

To write the numeral for a number you can follow the boxes again.

(a) Forty two lakh seventy thousand eight.

(b) Two crore ninety lakh fifty five thousand eight hundred.

(c) Seven crore sixty thousand fifty five.


1. Fill in the blanks:

(a) 1 lakh = _______ ten thousand.

(b) 1 million = _______ hundred thousand.

(c) 1 crore = _______ ten lakh.

(d) 1 crore = _______ million.

(e) 1 million = _______ lakh.

2. Place commas correctly and write the numerals:

(a) Seventy three lakh seventy five thousand three hundred seven.

(b) Nine crore five lakh forty one.

(c) Seven crore fifty two lakh twenty one thousand three hundred two.

(d) Fifty eight million four hundred twenty three thousand two hundred two.

(e) Twenty three lakh thirty thousand ten.

3. Insert commas suitably and write the names according to Indian System of Numeration :

(a) 87595762                 (b) 8546283                        (c) 99900046                              (d) 98432701

4. Insert commas suitably and write the names according to International System of Numeration :

(a) 78921092                             (b) 7452283                                (c) 99985102                                   (d) 48049831

1.3 Large Numbers in Practice

In earlier classes, we have learnt that we use centimetre (cm) as a unit of length. For measuring the length of a pencil, the width of a book or notebooks etc., we use centimetres. Our ruler has marks on each centimetre. For measuring the thickness of a pencil, however, we find centimetre too big. We use millimetre (mm) to show the thickness of a pencil.

(a) 10 millimetres = 1 centimetre

To measure the length of the classroom or the school building, we shall find centimetre too small. We use metre for the purpose.

(b) 1 metre = 100 centimetres

= 1000 millimetres

Even metre is too small, when we have to state distances between cities, say, Delhi and Mumbai, or Chennai and Kolkata. For this we need kilometres (km).



(c) 1 kilometre = 1000 metres

How many millimetres make 1 kilometre?

Since 1 m = 1000 mm

1 km = 1000 m = 1000 × 1000 mm = 10,00,000 mm

We go to the market to buy rice or wheat; we buy it in kilograms (kg). But items like ginger or chillies which we do not need in large quantities, we buy in grams (g). We know 1 kilogram = 1000 grams.

Have you noticed the weight of the medicine tablets given to the sick? It is very small. It is in milligrams (mg).

1 gram = 1000 milligrams.

What is the capacity of a bucket for holding water? It is usually 20 litres (l) Capacity is given in litres. But sometimes we need a smaller unit, the millilitres. A bottle of hair oil, a cleaning liquid or a soft drink have labels which give the quantity of liquid inside in millilitres (ml).

1 litre = 1000 millilitres.

Note that in all these units we have some words common like kilo, milli and centi. You should remember that among these kilo is the greatest and milli is the smallest; kilo shows 1000 times greater, milli shows 1000 times smaller, i.e. 1 kilogram = 1000 grams, 1 gram = 1000 milligrams.










Similarly, centi shows 100 times smaller, i.e. 1 metre = 100 centimetres.

We have done a lot of problems that have addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. We will try solving some more here. Before starting, look at these examples and follow the methods used.

Example 1 : Population of Sundarnagar was 2,35,471 in the year 1991. In the year 2001 it was found to be increased by 72,958. What was the population of the city in 2001?

Salma added them by writing 235471 as 200000 + 35000 + 471 and 72958 as 72000 + 958. She got the addition as 200000 + 107000 + 1429 = 308429. Mary added it as 200000 + 35000 + 400 + 71 + 72000 + 900 + 58 = 308429

Answer : Population of the city in 2001 was 3,08,429.

All three methods are correct.

Example 2 : In one state, the number of bicycles sold in the year 2002-2003 was 7,43,000. In the year 2003-2004, the number of bicycles sold was 8,00,100. In which year were more bicycles sold? and how many more?

Solution : Clearly, 8,00,100 is more than 7,43,000. So, in that state, more bicycles were sold in the year 2003-2004 than in 2002-2003.

Can you think of alternative ways of solving this problem? Answer : 57,100 more bicycles were sold in the year 2003-2004. Example 3 : The town newspaper is published every day. One copy has 12 pages. Everyday 11,980 copies are printed. How many total pages are printed everyday?
Solution : Each copy has 12 pages. Hence, 11,980 copies will have 12 × 11,980 pages. What would this number be? More than 1,00,000 or lesser. Try to estimate.

Example 4 : The number of sheets of paper available for making notebooks is 75,000. Each sheet makes 8 pages of a notebook. Each notebook contains 200 pages. How many notebooks can be made from the paper available?


1. A book exhibition was held for four days in a school. The number of tickets sold at the counter on the first, second, third and final day was respectively 1094, 1812, 2050 and 2751. Find the total number of tickets sold on all the four days.

2. Shekhar is a famous cricket player. He has so far scored 6980 runs in test matches. He wishes to complete 10,000 runs. How many more runs does he need?

3. In an election, the successful candidate registered 5,77,500 votes and his nearest rival secured 3,48,700 votes. By what margin did the successful candidate win the election?

4. Kirti bookstore sold books worth Rs 2,85,891 in the first week of June and books worth Rs 4,00,768 in the second week of the month. How much was the sale for the two weeks together? In which week was the sale greater and by how much?

5. Find the difference between the greatest and the least number that can be written using the digits 6, 2, 7, 4, 3 each only once.

6. A machine, on an average, manufactures 2,825 screws a day. How many screws did it produce in the month of January 2006?

7. A merchant had Rs 78,592 with her. She placed an order for purchasing 40 radio sets at Rs 1200 each. How much money will remain with her after the purchase?

8. A student multiplied 7236 by 65 instead of multiplying by 56. By how much was his answer greater than the correct answer? (Hint: Do you need to do both the multiplications?)

9. To stitch a shirt, 2 m 15 cm cloth is needed. Out of 40 m cloth, how many shirts can be stitched and how much cloth will remain? (Hint: convert data in cm.)

10. Medicine is packed in boxes, each weighing 4 kg 500g. How many such boxes can be loaded in a van which cannot carry beyond 800 kg?

11. The distance between the school and the house of a student’s house is 1 km 875 m. Everyday she walks both ways. Find the total distance covered by her in six days.

12. A vessel has 4 litres and 500 ml of curd. In how many glasses, each of 25 ml capacity, can it be filled?

1.3.1 Estimation


1. India drew with Pakistan in a hockey match watched by 51,000 spectators in the stadium and 40 million television viewers world wide.

2. Approximately, 2000 people were killed and more than 50000 injured in a cyclonic storm in coastal areas of India and Bangladesh.

3. Over 13 million passengers are carried over 63,000 kilometre route of railway track every day.

Can we say that there were exactly as many people as the numbers quoted in these news items? For example,

In (1), were there exactly 51,000 spectators in the stadium? or did exactly 40 million viewers watched the match on television?

Obviously, not. The word approximately itself shows that the number of people were near about these numbers. Clearly, 51,000 could be 50,800 or 51,300 but not 70,000. Similarly, 40 million implies much more than 39 million but quite less than 41 million but certainly not 50 million.





The quantities given in the examples above are not exact counts, but are estimates to give an idea of the quantity. Discuss what each of these can suggest.

Where do we approximate? Imagine a big celebration at your home. The first thing you do is to find out roughly how many guests may visit you. Can you get an idea of the exact number of visitors? It is practically impossible.

The finance minister of the country presents a budget annually. The minister provides for certain amount under the head ‘Education’. Can the amount be absolutely accurate? It can only be a reasonably good estimate of the expenditure the country needs for education during the year.

Think about the situations where we need to have the exact numbers and compare them with situations where you can do with only an approximately estimated number. Give three examples of each of such situations.

1.3.2 Estimating to the nearest tens by rounding off

Look at the following :

(a) Find which flags are closer to 260.

(b) Find the flags which are closer to 270.

Locate the numbers 10,17 and 20 on your ruler. Is 17 nearer to 10 or 20? The gap between 17 and 20 is smaller when compared to the gap between 17 and 10.

So, we round off 17 as 20, correct to the nearest tens.

Now consider 12, which also lies between 10 and 20. However, 12 is closer to 10 than to 20. So, we round off 12 to 10, correct to the nearest tens. How would you round off 76 to the nearest tens? Is it not 80?

We see that the numbers 1,2,3 and 4 are nearer to 0 than to 10. So, we round off 1, 2, 3 and 4 as 0. Number 6, 7, 8, 9 are nearer to 10, so, we round them off as 10. Number 5 is equidistant from both 0 and 10; it is a common practice to round it off as 10.

1.3.3 Estimating to the nearest hundreds by rounding off

Is 410 nearer to 400 or to 500?

410 is closer to 400, so it is rounded off to 400, correct to the nearest hundred.

889 lies between 800 and 900.

It is nearer to 900, so it is rounded off as 900 correct to nearest hundred. Numbers 1 to 49 are closer to 0 than to 100, and so are rounded off to 0. Numbers 51 to 99 are closer to 100 than to 0, and so are rounded off to 100. Number 50 is equidistant from 0 and 100 both. It is a common practice to round it off as 100.

Check if the following rounding off is correct or not :

Correct those which are wrong.

1.3.4 Estimating to the nearest thousands by rounding off

We know that numbers 1 to 499 are nearer to 0 than to 1000, so these numbers are rounded off as 0.

The numbers 501 to 999 are nearer to 1000 than 0 so they are rounded off as 1000.

1.3.5 Estimating outcomes of number situations

How do we add numbers? We add numbers by following the algorithm (i.e. the given method) systematically. We write the numbers taking care that the digits in the same place (ones, tens, hundreds etc.) are in the same column. For example, 3946 + 6579 + 2050 is written as —

We add the column of ones and if necessary carry forward the appropriate number to the tens place as would be in this case. We then add the tens column and this goes on. Complete the rest of the sum yourself. This procedure takes time.

There are many situations where we need to find answers more quickly. For example, when you go to a fair or the market, you find a variety of attractive things which you want to buy. You need to quickly decide what you can buy. So, you need to estimate the amount you need. It is the sum of the prices of things you want to buy.

A trader is to receive money from two sources. The money he is to receive is Rs 13,569 from one source and Rs 26,785 from another. He has to pay Rs 37,000 to someone else by the evening. He rounds off the numbers to their nearest thousands and quickly works out the rough answer. He is happy that he has enough money.

Do you think he would have enough money? Can you tell without doing the exact addition/subtraction?

Sheila and Mohan have to plan their monthly expenditure. They know their monthly expenses on transport, on school requirements, on groceries,

on milk, and on clothes and also on other regular expenses. This month they have to go for visiting and buying gifts. They estimate the amount they would spend on all this and then add to see, if what they have, would be enough.



Would they round off to thousands as the trader did?

Think and discuss five more situations where we have to estimate sums or remainders.

Did we use rounding off to the same place in all these?

There are no rigid rules when you want to estimate the outcomes of numbers. The procedure depends on the degree of accuracy required and how quickly the estimate is needed. The most important thing is, how sensible the guessed answer would be.

1.3.6 To estimate sum or difference

As we have seen above we can round off a number to any place. The trader rounded off the amounts to the nearest thousands and was satisfied that he had enough. So, when you estimate any sum or difference, you should have an idea of why you need to round off and therefore the place to which you would round off. Look at the following examples.

1.3.7 To estimate products

How do we estimate a product?

What is the estimate for 19 × 78?

It is obvious that the product is less than 2000. Why?

If we approximate 19 to the nearest tens, we get 20 and then approximate 78 to nearest tens, we get 80 and 20 × 80 = 1600 Look at 63 × 182

If we approximate both to the nearest hundreds we

get 100 × 200 = 20,000. This is much larger than the actual product. So, what do we do? To get a more reasonable estimate, we try rounding off 63 to the nearest 10, i.e. 60, and also 182 to the nearest ten, i.e. 180. We get 60 × 180 or 10,800. This is a good estimate, but is not quick enough.

If we now try approximating 63 to 60 and 182 to the nearest hundred, i.e. 200, we get 60 × 200, and this number 12,000 is a quick as well as good estimate of the product.





The general rule that we can make is, therefore, Round off each factor to its greatest place, then multiply the rounded off factors. Thus, in the above example, we rounded off 63 to tens and 182 to hundreds.

Now, estimate 81 × 479 using this rule : 479 is rounded off to 500 (rounding off to hundreds), and 81 is rounded off to 80 (rounding off to tens). The estimated product = 500 × 80 = 40,000 An important use of estimates for you will be to check your answers.

Suppose, you have done the multiplication 37 × 1889, but are not sure about your answer. A quick and reasonable estimate of the product will be 40 × 2000 i.e. 80,000. If your answer is close to 80,000, it is probably right. On the other hand, if it is close to 8000 or 8,00,000, something is surely wrong in your multiplication.

Same general rule may be followed by addition and subtraction of two or more numbers.




1. Estimate each of the following using general rule:

(a) 730 + 998               (b) 796 – 314                   (c) 12,904 +2,888                       (d) 28,292 – 21,496

Make ten more such examples of addition, subtraction and estimation of their outcome.

2. Give a rough estimate (by rounding off to nearest hundreds) and also a closer estimate (by rounding off to nearest tens) :

(a) 439 + 334 + 4,317                     (b) 1,08,734 – 47,599                              (c) 8325 – 491                      (d) 4,89,348 – 48,365

Make four more such examples.

3. Estimate the following products using general rule:

(a) 578 × 161                    (b) 5281 × 3491                  (c) 1291 × 592                  (d) 9250 × 29

Make four more such examples.

1.4 Using Brackets

Suman bought 6 notebooks from the market and the cost was Rs 10 per notebook. Her sister Sama also bought 7 notebooks of the same type. Find the total money they paid.

You can see that Seema’s and Meera’s ways to get the answer are a bit different. But both give the correct result. Why?

Seema says, what Meera has done is 7 + 6 × 10.

Appu points out that 7 + 6 × 10 = 7 + 60 = 67. Thus, this is not what Meera had done. All the three students are confused.

To avoid confusion in such cases we may use brackets. We can pack the numbers 6 and 7 together using a bracket, indicating that the pack is to be treated as a single number. Thus, the answer is found by (6 + 7) × 10 = 13 × 10.

This is what Meera did. She first added 6 and 7 and then multiplied the sum by 10.

This clearly tells us : First, turn everything inside the brackets ( ) into a single number and then do the operation outside which in this case is to multiply by 10.

1.4.1 Expanding brackets

Now, observe how use of brackets allows us to follow our procedure systematically. Do you think that it will be easy to keep a track of what steps we have to follow without using brackets?

(i) 7 × 109 = 7 × (100 + 9) = 7 × 100 + 7 × 9 = 700 + 63 = 763

(ii) 102 × 103 = (100 + 2) × (100 + 3) = (100 + 2) × 100 + (100 + 2) × 3

= 100 × 100 + 2 × 100 + 100 × 3 + 2 × 3

= 10,000 + 200 + 300 + 6 = 10,000 + 500 + 6

= 10,506

(iii) 17 × 109 = (10 + 7) × 109 = 10 × 109 + 7 × 109

= 10 × (100 + 9) + 7 × (100 + 9)

= 10 × 100 + 10 × 9 + 7 × 100 + 7 × 9

= 1000 + 90 + 700 + 63 = 1,790 + 63

= 1,853

1.5 Roman Numerals

We have been using the Hindu-Arabic numeral system so far. This is not the only system available. One of the early systems of

writing numerals is the system of Roman numerals. This system is still used in many places. For example, we can see the use of Roman numerals in clocks; it is also used for classes in the school time table etc.

Find three other examples, where Roman numerals are used. The Roman numerals


denote 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9 and 10 respectively. This is followed by XI for 11, XII for 12,… till XX for 20. Some more Roman numerals are :

The rules for the system are :

(a) If a symbol is repeated, its value is added as many times as it occurs:

i.e. II is equal 2, XX is 20 and XXX is 30.

(b) A symbol is not repeated more than three times. But the symbols V, L and D are never repeated.

(c) If a symbol of smaller value is written to the right of a symbol of greater value, its value gets added to the value of greater symbol.

VI = 5 + 1 = 6, XII = 10 + 2 = 12

and LXV = 50 + 10 + 5 = 65

(d) If a symbol of smaller value is written to the left of a symbol of greater value, its value is subtracted from the value of the greater symbol.

IV = 5 – 1 = 4, IX = 10 – 1 = 9

XL= 50 – 10 = 40, XC = 100 – 10 = 90

(e) The symbols V, L and D are never written to the left of a symbol of greater value, i.e. V, L and D are never subtracted.

The symbol I can be subtracted from V and X only.

The symbol X can be subtracted from L, M and C only.

Following these rules we get,

Example 7 : Write in Roman Numerals (a) 69 (b) 98.

What have we discussed?

1. Given two numbers, one with more digits is the greater number. If the number of digits in two given numbers is the same, that number is larger, which has a greater leftmost digit. If this digit also happens to be the same, we look at the next digit and so on.

2. In forming numbers from given digits, we should be careful to see if the conditions under which the numbers are to be formed are satisfied. Thus, to form the greatest four digit number from 7, 8, 3, 5 without repeating a single digit, we need to use all four digits, the greatest number can have only 8 as the leftmost digit.

3. The smallest four digit number is 1000 (one thousand). It follows the largest three digit number 999. Similarly, the smallest five digit number is 10,000. It is ten thousand and follows the largest four digit number 9999.

Further, the smallest six digit number is 100,000. It is one lakh and follows the largest five digit number 99,999. This carries on for higher digit numbers in a similar manner.

4. Use of commas helps in reading and writing large numbers. In the Indian system of numeration we have commas after 3 digits starting from the right and thereafter every 2 digits. The commas after 3, 5 and 7 digits separate thousand, lakh and crore respectively. In the International system of numeration commas are placed after every 3 digits starting from the right. The commas after 3 and 6 digits separate thousand and million respectively.

5. Large numbers are needed in many places in daily life. For example, for giving number of students in a school, number of people in a village or town, money paid or received in large transactions (paying and selling), in measuring large distances say betwen various cities in a country or in the world and so on.

6. Remember kilo shows 1000 times larger, Centi shows 100 times smaller and milli shows 1000 times smaller, thus, 1 kilometre = 1000 metres, 1 metre = 100 centimetres
or 1000 millimetres etc.

7. There are a number of situations in which we do not need the exact quantity but need only a reasonable guess or an estimate. For example, while stating how many spectators watched a particular international hockey match, we state the approximate number, say 51,000, we do not need to state the exact number.

8. Estimation involves approximating a quantity to an accuracy required. Thus, 4117 may be approximated to 4100 or to 4000, i.e. to the nearest hundred or to the nearest thousand depending on our need.

9. In number of situations, we have to estimate the outcome of number operations. This is done by rounding off the numbers involved and getting a quick, rough answer.

10. Estimating the outcome of number operations is useful in checking answers.

11. Use of brackets allows us to avoid confusion in the problems where we need to carry out more than one number operation.

12. We use the Hindu-Arabic system of numerals. Another system of writing numerals is the Roman system.


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