Number associated with what it counts, evaluates, measures, quantifies, or describes in any way.
In some ways, a denominate number is a number-of something.
- A temperature is usually represented by a denominate number, for example: 10 °C.
- A size is often expressed by a denominate number, for example: 172 cm.
- A measurement is not a denominate number, but a number that forms part of a denominate number. This means that the measurement of a square surface is the area of this square. An area of 100 m² is a denominate number, a number-of square metres.
- An angle of rotation is a denominate number (and not a geometric shape).
When solving calculations, we use numbers and not denominate numbers. The answer to a calculation is also expressed by a number, while the solution to a problem often requires using a denominate number in order to show what we’re talking about.
Problem: In a jar, there are 8 blue balls and 6 yellow balls. How many balls are there in this jar?
Calculate : 8 + 6 = 14.
Answer : 14 balls.