What are Ordinal Numbers?
In this blog, we try and explain the concept of ordinal numbers with simple definition, examples, charts and posters, devoid of the technical language that usually accompanies such articles. While the concept remains the same in any language, the examples, charts and posters contain English numbers.
Ordinality and Ordinal Numbers are concepts related to the word ‘Order’. A synonym of order can be the word ‘sequence’.
Ordinal Numbers: An Illustrative Example 1
Imagine that you have a collection of 5 balls.
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You can now arrange these balls, next to each other. In other words, you have arranged 5 balls in an order, that you chose.
Now you can give labels to signify the ‘position’ that each ball occupies in the sequence:
Ordinal numbers can be thought of as labels that represent position.
Ordinal Numbers: Illustrative Example 2
In a car racing game, the cars are fighting to be on winners podium, in other words, aim to be in the first 3 positions.
At the end of the race, the winners were decided.
Ordinal numbers are the labels used to signify the position on winner’s podium.
We hope that the above two illustrations helped you understand what ordinal numbers are. You can also download the above two illustrations, in pdf printable format, to help your kids learn ordinal numbers.
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Below is the formal definition of Ordinal Numbers.
Ordinal Numbers: Definition
Any finite collection of objects can be put in an order just by the process of counting: labelling the objects with distinct whole numbers. Ordinal numbers are thus the “labels” needed to arrange collections of objects in order.
Source: Wikipedia: Ordinal Numbers
So what are Cardinal Numbers and how are they different from Ordinal Numbers?
Cardinal Numbers represent quantity, unlike ordinal numbers that represent position. Quantity, as in, ‘five mangoes in a bag’. To know more about the differences between cardinal and ordinal numbers or if as a parent you wish to know which numbers should you start teaching your child with, please read this article.
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