Arabic VS Latin – Round One: Numbers

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Welcome men, womens and children alike to what the bookies are saying to be a number one fight of the year. In this fight, we have Arabic on the right hand side and Latin on the left hand side.

Without further adue, lets bring them on.

Right Hand SideName: Arabic

Left Hand Side

Name: Latin

Age: DL BC (Natu maximus Notus Balanus)

Todays fight is which is better using maths. So, lets start the fight – Which is better at maths, Arabic or Latin (Roman Numerals).

Question 1 – 5 + 3

Arabic

5 + 3 = 8

Latin

V + III = VIII

Correct Answer – Both

Question 2 – 20 * 4

Arabic

20 * 4 = 80

Latin

XX * IV = LXXX

Correct Answer – Both

Question 3 – 0 + 16

Arabic

0 + 16 = 16

Latin

Ummm, Quispiam adaugeo XVI?

Correct Answer – Arabic

Kidding aside, the above is showing you what the Arabic number system is like and why it is better then the Latin Roman ones. If you look, the Latin Roman ones get very, very long and if you think about it, what happens if you wanted to do 1000 squared ?. The Arabic answer would be 1000000. The Latin Roman answer would be MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM

See, there the problem with using the Latin one in this case. Also, the Latin Roman numbers, can’t do decimals to what I am aware off. Personally, I think they would have had to say half of II but more I or something like that. With the Arabic numbers, it would be 1.5 if we was doing it half way.

Mostly, the Arabic numbers are much more easy to work with and takes less space – Something that we need in maths.

Until next time.