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### Course: Kindergarten>Unit 1

Lesson 1: Counting small numbers

# Counting with small numbers

Sal counts squirrels and horses.

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• What is infinite in real life. Like is there anything we can point to in reality that we know is truely infinite?
• In the world of surreal numbers and games, there are many varieties of infinity that are all meaningfully different from each other! Omega (which I'll call w) is what we usually think of as infinity. Varieties of infinity include but are not limited to w, w/2, squareroot(w), w - 1, w + 1, 2w, w^2, etc.
• Aren't counting numbers also known as whole numbers? Why are there two different names for the same thing?
• Counting numbers are also known as natural numbers, and are a different set of numbers than whole numbers.

Counting, or natural, numbers are 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, ... (i.e., no negatives or partials).

Whole numbers include all natural numbers, as well as the number 0.

Integers include all whole numbers, and their opposites (i.e., 0, 1 and -1, 2 and -2, 3 and -3, etc.)

There are more sets of numbers, and it can be helpful to think of them in a different context. For example, you might check out this video to see a helpful visual and comparison https://www.khanacademy.org/math/cc-eighth-grade-math/cc-8th-numbers-operations/cc-8th-irrational-numbers/v/categorizing-numbers.
• I always find it diffcult to count ,what should I do?
• Keep practicing! And maybe get some help from a teacher or a parent! Good luck!😊
• Which method do you guys prefer when counting? Using your hand or picturing it on your mind?
• Picturing it in my mind. I find it more useful when I am taking the Linear Algebra course of Khan Academy.
• what does the word counting come from?
• it comes from Middle English (as a noun): from Old French counte (noun), counter (verb), from the verb computare ‘calculate’ (see compute).
• Does anyone know how to count using bar line?
• You count using the number line by going to the next number in the line. That's the next number to the right of where you start. So, you start at 0 and move right to the next number for each number you want to count. (0), 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. Remember to start with 0 or it won't work. You can add numbers using a number line by starting with one of the numbers you are adding and then count to the right using the other number that you are adding. 2 + 3 would be (2), 3, 4, 5. Good luck!
• Hmm any suggestions on how i could improve this method of learning how to count? my friends son is learning how to count but not at a fast rate.