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## Early math review

### Course: Early math review > Unit 1

Lesson 3: Counting objects# Counting objects 1

Learn to count groups of whales, sheep, and flowers.

## Want to join the conversation?

- Who invented the counting system?(4 votes)
- The most commonly used system of numerals is the Hindu–Arabic numeral system. Two Indian mathematicians developed it. Aryabhata of Kusumapura developed the place-value notation in the 5th century and a century later Brahmagupta introduced the symbol for zero.(9 votes)

- Did we as humans invent counting and math? Or does it just exist in nature and we discovered it?(1 vote)
- Humans came up with
**math**, as a way of dealing with complex problems without having to count everything themselves. Imagine an ancient shepherd has**100 sheep**, and he want puts them into**two pens**, instead putting one sheep in each pen, one at a time until there are none left, he could use math to divide one hundred by two.(5 votes)

- Can I first count the first row and then multyply next example there is 2 rows and total is 10 5 multyply 2 is =10 (not the best English)(3 votes)
- Yes, and this is an excellent way of counting large groups of things that are ordered in rows or columns. Later, you will use this process for multiplication and division as well.(1 vote)

- Can I use multiplication +addition to calculate the number(2 votes)
- Multiplication is also known as repeated addition.

Like this

8 x 8 = 8 + 8 + 8 + 8 + 8 + 8 + 8 + 8

I hope it helps(3 votes)

## Video transcript

- [Voiceover] Which box has 12 whales? All right, so this green box, here, let's see, it has one,
two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14. Well, that's not 12 whales. This one right over here, you see has one, two, three, four, five, six whales, so that's not 12. So it's gotta be this one,
but let's just make sure. One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven, twelve. All right, this one has 12 whales in it. Let's check our answer. Let's do a few more of these. How many sheep are there? One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 sheep. There are 17, 17 sheep. Let's do one more. How many flowers are there? One, two, three, four, five. There are five flowers.