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13. A Postulate, or Petition, is something required to be done, which is so easy and evident that no person will hesitate to allow it.

14. An hypothesis is a supposition assumed to be true, in order to argue from, or to found upon it, the reasoning and demonstration of some proposition.

15. Demonstration is the collecting the several arguments and proofs, and laying them together in proper order, to show the truth of the proposition under consideration.

16. A Direct, Positive, or Affirmative Demonstration, is that which concludes with the direct and certain proof of the proposition in hand. This kind of Demonstration is most satisfactory to the mind; for which reason it is called some. times an Ostonsive Demonstration.

17. An Indirect, or Negative Demonstration, is that which shows a proposition to be true, by proving that some absurdity would necessarily follow if the proposition advanced wer false. This is also sometimes called Reductio ad Absurdum; because it shows the absurdity and falsehood of all suppositions contrary to that contained in the proposition.

18. Method is the art of disposing a train of arguments in a proper order, to investigate either the truth or falsity of a proposition, or to demonstrate it to others when it has been found out.-This is either Analytical or Synthetical.

19. Analysis, or the Analytic Method in Geometry, is the art or mode of finding out the truth of a proposition, by first supposing the thing to be done, and then reasoning back, step by step, till we arrive at some known truth.This is also called the Method of Invention, or Resolution ; and is that which is commonly used in Algebra.

20. Synthesis, or the Synthetic Method, is the searching out truth, by first laying down some simple and easy principles, and pursuing the consequences Aowing from them till we arrive at the conclusion. This is also called the Method of Composition, and is the reverse of the Analytic method, as this proceeds from known principles to an unknown conclusion ; wbile the other goes in a retrograde order, from the thing sought, considered as if it were true, to some known principle or fact. And therefore, when any truth has been found out by the Analytic method, it may be demonstrated by a process in the contrary order, by Synthesis.

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RITHMETIC is the art or science of numbering ; be. ing that branch of Mathematics which treats of the nature and properties of numbers. When it treats of whole numbers, it is called Vulgar, or Common Arithmetic; but when of broken numbers, or parts of numbers, it is called Fractions.

Unity, or an Unit, is that by which every thing is called one ; being the beginning of number; as, one man, one ball,

one gun.

Number is either simply one, or a compound of several units; as, one man, three men, ten men.

An Integer, or Whole Number, is some certain precise quantity of units ; as, one, three, ten.—These are so called as distinguished from Fractions, which are broken numbers, or parts of numbers; as, one-half, two-thirds, or three-fourths.


NOTATION, or NUMERATION, teaches to denote or express any proposed number either by words or characters; or to read and write down any sum or number.

The numbers in Arithmetic are expressed by the following ten digits, or Arabic numeral figures, which were introduced into Europe by the Moors, about eight or nine hundred years since ; viz. 1 one, 2 two, 3 three, 4 four, 5 five, 6 six, 7 seven, 8 eight, 9 nine, O cipher, or nothing. 8

These characters or figures were formerly all called by the general name of Ciphers; whence it came to pass that the art of Arithmetic was then often called Ciphering. Also the first nine are called Significant Figures, as distinguished from the cipher, which is of itself quite insignificant.

Besides this value of those figures, they have also another which depends on the place they stand in when joined together; as in the following table :

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Here any figure in the first place, reckoning from right to left, denotes only its own simple value ; but that in the second place, denotes ten times its simple value ; and that in the third place, a hundred times its simple value ; and so on : the value of any figure, in each successive place, being always ten times its former value.

Thus, in the number 1796, the 6 in the first place denotes only six units, or simply six ; 9 in the second place signifies nine teps, or ninety ; 7 in the third place, seven hundred ; and the 1 in the fourth place, one thousand ; so that the whole number is read thus, one thousand seven hundred and ninety-six.

As to the cipher, 0, though it signify nothing of itself, yet being joined on the right-hand side to other figures, it increases their value in the same ten-fold proportion : thus, 5 signifies only five; but 50 denotes 5 tens, or fifty; and 500 is five hundred ; and so on.

For the more easily reading of large numbers, they are divided into periods and half-periods, each half-period consisting of three figures ; the name of the first period being units; of the second, millions ; of the third, millions of millions, or bi-millions, contracted to billions : of the fourth, millions of millions of millions, or tri-millions, contracted to trillions, and so on. Also the first part of any period is so many units of it, and the latter part so many thousands.


The following Table contains a summary of the whole doctrine.

Periods. (Quadrill; Trillions;Billions; Millions ; Units.

Half-per. th. un.

th. un. th. un. th. un.

th. un.

Figares. 123,456;789,098,765,432,101,234,567,890.

NUMERATION is the reading of any number in words tbat is proposed or set down in figures ; which will be easily done by help of the following role, deduced from the foregoing tablets and observations-viz.

Divide the figures in the proposed number, as in the summary above, into periods and half periods; then begin at the left-hand side, and read the figures with the names set to them in the two foregoing tables.


Express in words the following numbers ; viz.






7523000 6578600307024

Notation is the setting down in figures any number proposed in words ; which is done by setting down the figures instead of the words or names belonging to them in the summary above ; supplying the vacant places with ciphers where any words do not occur.


Set down in figures the following numbers : Fifty-seven. Two hundred eighty six. Nine thousand two hundred and ten. Twenty-seven thousand five hundred and ninety-four. Six hundred and forty thousand, four hundred and eighty one. Three millions, two hundred sixty thousand, one hundred and six.


Four hundred and eight millions, two hundred and fifty-five

thousand, one hundred and ninety-two. Twenty-seven thousand and eight millions, ninety-six thou

sand two hundred and four. Two hundred thousand and five hundred and fifty millions,

one hundred and ten thousand, and sixteen. Twenty-one billions, eight hundred and ten millions, sixty

four thousand, one hundred and fifty.



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The Romans, like several other nations, expressed their numbers by certain letters of the alphabet. The Romans used only seven numeral letters, being the seven following capitals : vis. I for one ; V for five; X for ten; L for fifty; C for an hundred ; D for five hundred : M for a thousand. The other numbers they expressed by various repetitions and combinations of these, after the following manner :

1=1 2 = II

As often as any character is re3 = III

peated, so many times is its

value repeated. 4 = IIII or IV. A less character before a great5 V

er diminishes its value. 6 = VI

A less character after a greater 7= VII

increases its value.
8 = VIII

9= IX
10 = X
50 = L
100 =C
500 = D or ID

For every ɔ annexed, this be

comes 10 times as many. 1000 = M or CIO

For every C and ɔ, placed one 2000 -= MM

at each end, it becomes 10

times as much.
5000 = V or 152 A bar over any number in-
6000 =

creases it 1000 fold.
10000 = X or CC173
50000 = 1 or 1ɔɔɔ
60000 =

100000 = Č or Ccciɔɔɔ
1000000 = M or CCCCII
2000000 = MM



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