# Let Z = Set of Integers

#### nycfunction

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Determine if the number 7 is a natural number, an integer, a rational or irrational number.

I know that integers include positive and negative numbers and 0.

Let Z = the set of integers

Z = {. . . -2, -1, 0, 1, 2, . . .}

I also know that any integer Z can be written as Z/1 = Z.

I will conclude by saying the following:

7 = 7/1

So, 7 is a natural number, an integer and a rational number (because it can be written as a fraction over 1).

Does this apply to all integers, Z?

#### Olinguito

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Hi nycfunction .

So, 7 is a natural number, an integer and a rational number (because it can be written as a fraction over 1).
That’s correct.

Does this apply to all integers, Z?
Let’s take an example, $-1$. It is an integer, but is it a natural number?

#### nycfunction

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Hi nycfunction .

That’s correct.

Let’s take an example, $-1$. It is an integer, but is it a natural number?
The integer -1 is not a natural number aka whole number. This means not all integers Z are natural or whole numbers. Negative numbers are excluded.

#### HallsofIvy

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You make your post unnecessarily confusing by using "Z" for the set of all integers and to mean an individual integer.

• topsquark

#### topsquark

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The integer -1 is not a natural number aka whole number. This means not all integers Z are natural or whole numbers. Negative numbers are excluded.
Many would agree but there is confusion about whether we should count 0 as a whole number. Some say yes, some say no. You can definitely say that all positive integers are whole numbers.

-Dan

#### Country Boy

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Also, you do not address the last part of the problem. Is "7" an irrational number? What is the definition of "irrational number"? In fact, all of these are just a question of whether you know the definitions.