# Is 12 a whole number?

## Question:

Is 12 a whole number?

## Identifying Whole Numbers:

Whole numbers get their name from their definition. That is whole numbers are numbers that are whole, and not part of a number. The technical definition of whole numbers is the set of all natural numbers along with the number 0, where natural numbers are the counting numbers, 1, 2, 3, 4, and so on.

## Answer and Explanation: 1

Yes, 12 is a whole number.

The number 12 is a whole number, not part of a number. Furthermore, if we were to count to a number greater than 12, say 15, then it would go 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15. Notice that 12 is in this list, so it is a counting number, or a natural number. Thus, we have that 12 satisfies the definition of a whole number, so it is a whole number.

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Chapter 1 / Lesson 17What is a whole number? Learn the definition of a whole number in math, what differentiates it from numbers that are not whole, and see whole number examples.