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# Why do we use decimal system?

Updated: 9/16/2023 Wiki User

14y ago

The use of the decimal system (base 10) is really more or less arbitrary. It may be related to the fact that most humans have 10 fingers, and used them for counting at some moment. But mathematically, the number 10 has no merit over other numbers; any base (like 6, 12, or 17) would work as well. In fact, the number base 6, or a multiple like 12, would make it somewhat easier to work with fractions - being based on the smallest two prime numbers. Wiki User

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### Why do computers use the decimal system?

Computers use a binary system, not decimal.

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Yes, South Africa does use the decimal system

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### Do computers use the decimal number system to store data?

No, they use the binary system

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India invented the use of the 0 as a place holder and so the decimal system.

### What do you call your system of numeration that you use to designate numbers?

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### Where did Europeans get the numerals and decimal system that they use?

Romans and Greeks

### What other systems do libraries use?

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### What is numeration system?

That refers to a system to represent numbers. For example, the decimal system we use in most of the world.

### Who were the first people to use the zero and the decimal system?

The first people to use the decimal system and the number zero WERE NOT THE CHINESE! I am learning about this in school. The ancient Hindu's invented them during the Gupta Empire.

### What features makes the metric system easy to use?

Coz it uses the decimal system of measurement