# Decimal Numbers

# Notations of Decimal Numbers

This page collects the notations of decimal numbers with the practice of the notation census.

Floating point numbers notations vary by the usage of alphabet of digits, the direction, the decimal separator and the thousands separator.

### References

The Unicode Consortium is collecting all this information following their effort to make a census of all characters; see the number patterns at Unicode CLDR which indicate at least 8 ways of encoding the digits.

Semantically, decimal numbers are representing rational numbers in the form of a sequence of digits. See, among others:

- OpenMath's specification of the OMF element
- MathML3's specification of the cn element
- MathWorld's Decimal, Decimal Point, Decimal Comma, and Repeating Decimal.

## Decimal observations

### Arabic - Saudi Arabia and some provinces

The math book shows some examples about decimal Arabic context in page 12.

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### Spanish

In Mathematics for Applied Science book, the example represents decimal in Spanish language.

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### English

In Algebra book we find the decimal fraction in English context.

Preview the example in page 49.

### Dutch

The Dutch book shows the examples which represents decimal in page number 72 .

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## Decimal Point observations

### Arabic - Saudi Arabia and some provinces

In Saudi math book for grade V we find in page 60 an example shows the decimal point in Arabic context (the book uses comma instead of point).

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### English

Algebra book shows the decimal point in English context.

Go directly to the example in page 50.

### Spanish

As found in Mathematics for Applied Science book, the example represents \(pi\) and it uses comma instead of point.

Find the example in page 8.

### German

The German math book shows the decimal point in the \(pi\) example.

Find it in page 103.

### Dutch

In page number 72 the Dutch book shows a lot of examples which use the decimal point.

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As we see in this observation on the right they use decimal comma instead as in Rekenkunde PDF file recommended by Josje Lodder ( Josje.Lodder@ou.nl ).

## Repeating Decimal Observations

### Arabic - Saudi Arabia and some provinces

The Arabic math book in page 12 shows how the example represents repeating decimal.

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### English

The elementary math represents repeating decimal in English context.

Preview the example in page 110.

## Thousands Separator Observations

### English

The Algebra book in page 50 shows an example which represent decimal comma in English context.

Preview the example in page 50.