The second Chinese numbering system

May. 04, 2009

Chinese flag

 Drawing by SAMARA and FABÍOLA
May. 04, 2009

The second Chinese numbering system

The second Chinese numbering system uses bars, but with the same characteristic of the first. This system is positional, as ours, and each position is marked by only one symbol. and it was conceived among the centuries II B.C. and III A.D. See below some examples of how the system was formed.

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Great Wall of China

 Folding representing the Great Wall of China (picture taken by Samara)
May. 04, 2009

Chinese mathematics

The Chinese mathematics has not resulted of an isolated phenomenon. There have always been considerable commercial and cultural relationships with other areas.

Among others, the Chinese numbering system is one of the oldest.

The Chinese science left its marks in the science of other societies. We think the decimal system and the negative numbers might have come from China.

The Chinese numbering system is different from other numbering systems because it uses multiples of 10, 100 and 1000. A curiosity of this system is that it uses a vertical writing.

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Chinese system using vertical bars

 Drawing by Samara and Fabíola
May. 02, 2009

From one to nine

 Drawing by Fabiola
May. 02, 2009

Examples of numbers in the Chinese system

 Drawing by Julia and Fabiola
May. 02, 2009

Examples

 Drawing by Fabiola