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In today’s ever-advancing and increasingly globalized society, we are constantly inundated with news reports, websites, and marketing throwing numbers at us. The extraordinarily massive array of data available is astounding and confusing. Crime is down 2%. Taxes will be raised 5%. 4 out of 5 dentists recommend Trident, and Barry Bonds hits .362. What does this all mean?

In order to make sense of the countless statistics, polls, and information, individuals in our society must become more numerate. A key component of numeracy, being numerate, is the ability to understand information and make logical conclusions based on that information. To some, data in the form of numbers and math escape comprehension. The information in this section presents some basic concepts helpful in understanding numbers and representations of numbers.


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