*We write numbers using only ten symbols (called Digits).
Where we place them is important. *

The Digits we use today are called "Hindu-Arabic Numerals":

0
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

We can use these on their own to count up to 9:

0 | |

1 | |

2 | |

3 | |

4 | |

5 | |

6 | |

7 | |

8 | |

9 | |

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But what happens after 9?

When we have more than 9 items, we start **another column** - the "tens" column - and we write down
how many "tens" we have, followed by how many "ones" (also called "units").

So we write:

10 |

Tens |
Ones |

1 | 2 |

The Number "12"

It says we have **1 Ten** and **2 Ones**, which makes 12.

This can also be written as 1 × 10 + 2 × 1.

Tens |
Ones |

3 | 5 |

The Number "35"

What if we have 1 Ten, but no Ones? We show "no Ones" by **putting a zero** there:

Tens |
Ones |

1 | 0 |

The Number "10"

We have to put a Zero in the Ones place or "10" looks like "1".

When we have more than 99 items, we start **another** column - the "hundreds" column. Now we need
to show how many Hundreds, Tens and Ones:

Hundreds |
Tens |
Ones |

1 | 4 | 3 |

The Number 143

That shows we have 1 Hundred, 4 Tens and 3 Ones:

This can also be written as 1 × 100 + 4 × 10 + 3 × 1.

Which is also 3 × 100 + 6 × 10 + 9 × 1

We also use a Zero when there are no Tens:

Hundreds |
Tens |
Ones |

1 | 0 | 4 |

The Number 104

Each time we want to show a bigger number we just add one column **to the left** and we know it is always
**10 times bigger** than than the column on its right.

Each new column on the left is ten times bigger

So, where we PLACE a digit is important!

These are the names of each column:

The Number 11,327