Arabic Numerals: Definition, History & Example


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Why did the Mesopotamians use a base sixty system of numbers?

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1. How old is the concept of base ten in written form?

2. In a positional numeral system, how many values can the number 8 have?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Use these interactive learning tools to get a better understanding of the Arabic numeral system, specifically how it developed over time and paved the way for advanced mathematics. You'll be asked questions about the key characteristics of the Arabic numeral system, as well as questions about its history and development.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These learning assessments will test you on:

  • Base ten and its history
  • Zero and its importance
  • Positional numbers
  • The most efficient base number for higher mathematics

Skills Practiced

These learning assessments will test you on the following skills:

  • Defining key concepts - define Arabic numerals and understand their history and development
  • Reading comprehension - make sure you draw the most important information from the related lesson on Arabic numerals
  • Making connections - understand the evolution of the Arabic numeral system and why it became so efficient for advanced mathematics

Additional Learning

To learn more about Arabic numerals watch the accompanying lesson on Arabic Numerals. The lesson covers the following concepts:

  • Learn about the development of the Arabic numeral system over millennia
  • Identify the three main components that make the Arabic numeral system so efficient
  • Describe how the Arabic numeral system differs from other number systems, such as Roman numerals