# Are numbers natural?

## Are numbers natural?

A natural number is an integer greater than 0. Natural numbers begin at 1 and increment to infinity: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, etc. Natural numbers are also called “counting numbers” because they are used for counting. For example, if you are timing something in seconds, you would use natural numbers (usually starting with 1).

**What isn’t a natural number?**

The whole numbers are the numbers 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, and so on (the natural numbers and zero). Negative numbers are not considered “whole numbers.” All natural numbers are whole numbers, but not all whole numbers are natural numbers since zero is a whole number but not a natural number.

**What are the first 10 numbers?**

The first ten natural numbers are: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9, and 10.

### What is the highest natural number?

There is no largest natural number. The next natural number can be found by adding 1 to the current natural number, producing numbers that go on “forever”. There is no natural number that is infinite in size. Any natural number can be reached by adding 1 enough times to the smallest natural number.