Place Value, or Thank You Hindus and Arabs, or The Beauty of the Base-Ten Numeration System

Utah Elementary Mathematics

I have been doing a lot of thinking about place value lately. Yes, I need a life outside my standard state-issue gray cubicle. Nonetheless, I have become caught up in the beauty of the Hindu-Arabic number system. We also know it as the Base-Ten numeration system. It is beautiful and elegant. Let me elucidate (I love that word!)

One of the best t-shirts I have ever seen had this quote on the front, “There are only 10 kinds of people in the world; those who understand binary and those who don’t.” Some of you might be laughing right now while others are scratching their heads wondering what is wrong with me. Okay, here’s the joke. Binary is a base-2 numeration system. It has two digits – 0 and 1. Place value in binary is determined by powers of 2. So, in the units place you can have 0 and…

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