When trying to identify Indian numbers on brass, all that is necessary is a chart to translate the numerals from Indian numerals into Arabic numerals (the historical name of our numerical system). An important distinction to understand is that a "numeral" is a single written digit, while a "number" is the quantity represented by the numerals. Indian numbers are written the same way as Arabic ones, left to right. Indian numbers use zero, as well.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Brass object with Indian numbers
- Pad of paper
Visit website (see References) to refer to chart.
Find any of the numerical symbols from the chart on the brass. They will all be from a single row.
Translate each Indian numeral into modern Arabic numerals (our numeral system), writing the modern Arabic numerals down one at a time in the order they appear, left to right.
Read the number you have written down. This is the translation of the Indian number.
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