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# The Number System

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## California Standard: What it means for you:

1.0 Students identify and use You’ll learn some of the rules that
the arithmetic properties of subsets the real numbers always follow.
of integers and rational, irrational,
and real numbers, including
closure properties for the four
basic arithmetic operations
where applicable.
Key words:
• binary operation
• equality
• real numbers
• substitution

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## Real numbers, —

The set of all positive and negative numbers and zero.

## Now it’s time to look at the properties of the real

numbers in detail.

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## The rules of the real number system are based on the

existence of a set of numbers, plus two binary operations.

## A binary operation allows you to combine two numbers

in some way to produce a third number.

## In Algebra I, the set of numbers used is the real numbers, ,

and the two binary operations are addition and multiplication.

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## The Properties of Equality Always Hold

The following statements about equality hold
true for any real numbers a, b, and c:

## For any number a  : a = a

This is the reflexive property of equality.

## For any numbers a, b  : if a = b then b = a

This is the symmetric property of equality.

## For any numbers a, b, c  : if a = b and b = c, then a = c

This is the transitive property of equality.

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Guided Practice
Name the property of equality being used in each statement.

## 2. If a = 3 and 3 = b, then a = b. transitive property

3. 3 = 3 reflexive property

## 5. If 3x = 2y then 2y = 3x. symmetric property

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## Addition and Multiplication are Binary Operations

The operations of addition and multiplication are called
binary operations.
In order to carry either of them out you need to have
two “inputs”. What this basically means is that you
can combine two numbers to produce a third number.

2 + 3 = 5
input 1 input 2
operation

Multiplication — the inputs are called factors7
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## A set of numbers is said to be closed under a given binary

operation if, when you perform that operation on any two
members of the set, the result is also a member of the set.

## The set of real numbers, , is closed under both addition

and multiplication — adding and multiplying real numbers
always produces other real numbers.

## If a   and b  , then (a + b)   and (a × b)  .

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Example 1

## Use the fact that 10   and 6   to

explain why 16   and 60  .

Solution
10   and 6  , so you can add the two numbers to
produce another number that is a member of .
So 10 + 6 = 16  .
You can also multiply the two numbers to produce another
number that is a member of .
So 10 × 6 = 60  .
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## For any real numbers a and b, the number a

may be substituted for the number b if a = b.

## This principle means that if two expressions have the

same value, then one expression can be substituted for

## For example, the expression 23 can be replaced by the

expression (10 + 13) or by (17 + 6).

## Similarly, the expression 2.3 × 4.5 can be replaced with 10.35.

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Independent Practice
Determine whether each of the following statements is true or false.
If false, rewrite the statement so that it is true.
1. If k = l then l = k. This is the symmetric property. True

## 2. If k = l then l = 3, then k = 3. This is the reflexive property.

False — transitive property

## In Exercises 3–6, demonstrate the closed nature of the set under

both addition and multiplication using the numbers given.
3.  using 3 and 5 3 + 5 = 8, 8  … 3 × 5 = 15, 15 

## 5.  using 6 and 8 6 + 8 = 14, 14  … 6 × 8 = 48, 48 

6.  using 1.5 and 0.3 1.5 + 0.3 = 1.8, 1.8  … 1.5 × 0.3 = 0.45, 0.45 
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Round Up
These rules are a bit abstract at the moment, but don’t worry.

You’ll see how useful the real number properties are in the rest
of the Section, and you’ll use them all the way through Algebra I.

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