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Cardinal 1
one
Ordinal 1st
first
Numeral system unary
Factorization 1
Divisors 1
Greek numeral α'
Roman numeral I
Roman numeral (Unicode) Ⅰ, ⅰ
Arabic ١
Ge'ez
Bengali
Chinese numeral 一,弌,壹
Korean 일, 하나
Devanāgarī
Tamil
Hebrew א (Alef)
Khmer
Thai
prefixes mono- /haplo- (from Greek)

uni- (from Latin)

Binary 1
Octal 1
Duodecimal 1
Hexadecimal 1
The 24 hour tower clock in Venice, using J as a symbol for 1

1 (one) is a number, numeral, and the name of the glyph representing that number. It represents a single entity, the unit of counting or measurement. For example, a line segment of "unit length" is a line segment of length 1.

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As a number

One, sometimes referred to as unity, is the integer before two and after zero. One is the first non-zero number in the natural numbers as well as the first odd number in the natural numbers.

Any number multiplied by one is the number, as one is the identity for multiplication. As a result, one is its own factorial, its own square, its own cube, and so on. One is also the empty product as any number multiplied by one is itself, which is the same as multiplying by no numbers at all.

As a digit

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The glyph used today in the Western world to represent the number 1, a vertical line, often with a serif at the top and sometimes a short horizontal line at the bottom, traces its roots back to the Indians, who wrote 1 as a horizontal line, much like the Chinese script “ 一 ”(Yi). The Gupta wrote it as a curved line, and the Nagari sometimes added a small circle on the left (rotated a quarter turn to the right, this 9-look-alike became the present day numeral 1 in the Gujarati and Punjabi scripts). The Nepali also rotated it to the right, but kept the circle small.[1] This eventually became the top serif in the modern numeral, but the occasional short horizontal line at the bottom probably originates from similarity with the Roman numeral I. In some European countries (e.g., Germany) the little serif at the top is sometimes extended into a long upstroke, sometimes as long as the vertical line, which can lead to confusion with the glyph for seven in other countries. Where the 1 is written with a long upstroke, the number 7 has a horizontal stroke through the vertical line.

While the shape of the 1 character has an ascender in most modern typefaces, in typefaces with text figures the character usually is of x-height, as, for example, in TextFigs148.svg.

Many older typewriters do not have a separate symbol for '1' and use the lowercase 'l' instead. It is possible to find cases when the uppercase 'J' is used, while it may be for decorative purposes.

Mathematics

Mathematically, 1 is

One cannot be used as the base of a positional numeral system; sometimes tallying is referred to as "base 1", since only one mark (the tally) is needed, but this is not a positional notation.

The logarithms base 1 are undefined, since the function 1x always equals 1 and so has no unique inverse.

In the real number system, 1 can be represented in two ways as a recurring decimal: as 1.000... and as 0.999... (q.v.).

Formalizations of the natural numbers have their own representations of 1:

In a multiplicative group or monoid, the identity element is sometimes denoted "1", but "e" (from the German Einheit, unity) is more traditional. However, "1" is especially common for the multiplicative identity of a ring, i.e. when an addition and "0" are also present. When such a ring has characteristic n not equal to 0, the element called 1 has the property that n1 = 1n = 0 (where this 0 is the additive identity of the ring). Important examples are general fields.

One is the first figurate number of every kind, such as triangular number, pentagonal number and centered hexagonal number to name just a few.

Because of the multiplicative identity, if f(x) is a multiplicative function, then f(1) must equal 1.

It is also the first and second numbers in the Fibonacci sequence, and is the first number in many mathematical sequences. As a matter of convention, Sloane's early Handbook of Integer Sequences added an initial 1 to any sequence that didn't already have it, and considered these initial 1's in its lexicographic ordering. Sloane's later Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences and its Web counterpart, the On-Line Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences, ignore initial ones in their lexicographic ordering of sequences, because such initial ones often correspond to trivial cases.

One is neither a prime number nor a composite number, but a unit, like -1 and, in the Gaussian integers, i and -i. The fundamental theorem of arithmetic guarantees unique factorization over the integers only up to units (e.g. 4 = 22 = (-1)4×123×22).

The definition of a field requires that 1 must not be equal to 0. Thus, there are no fields of characteristic 1. Nevertheless, abstract algebra can consider the field with one element, which is not a singleton though, and is not a set at all.

One is the only positive integer divisible by exactly one positive integer (whereas prime numbers are divisible by exactly two positive integers, composite numbers are divisible by more than two positive integers, and zero is divisible by all positive integers). One was formerly considered prime by some mathematicians, using the definition that a prime is divisible only by one and itself. However, this complicates the fundamental theorem of arithmetic, so modern definitions exclude units. The last professional mathematician to publicly label 1 a prime number was Henri Lebesgue in 1899.

One is one of three possible values of the Möbius function: it takes the value one for square-free integers with an even number of distinct prime factors.

One is the only odd number in the range of Euler's totient function φ(x), in the cases x = 1 and x = 2.

One is the only 1-perfect number (see multiply perfect number).

By definition, 1 is the magnitude or absolute value of a unit vector and a unit matrix (more usually called an identity matrix). Note that the term unit matrix is sometimes used to mean something quite different.

By definition, 1 is the probability of a certain event.

One is the most common leading digit in many sets of data, a consequence of Benford's law.

The ancient Egyptians represented all fractions (with the exception of 2/3 and 3/4) in terms of sum of fractions with numerator 1 and distinct denominators. For example, \frac{2}{5} = \frac{1}{3} + \frac{1}{15}. Such representations are popularly known as Egyptian Fractions or Unit Fractions.

The Generating Function which has all coefficients 1 is given by

\frac{1}{1-x} = 1 + x + x^2 + x^3 + \cdots.

This power series converges and has finite value if, and only if, | x | < 1.

Table of basic calculations

Multiplication 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 50 100 1000
1 \times x 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 50 100 1000
Division 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
1 \div x 1 0.5 0.\overline{3} 0.25 0.2 0.1\overline{6} 0.\overline{142857} 0.125 0.\overline{1} 0.1 0.\overline{0}\overline{9} 0.08\overline{3} 0.\overline{076923} 0.0\overline{714285} 0.0\overline{6}
x \div 1 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
Exponentiation 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
1 ^ x\, 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
x ^ 1\, 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20

In technology

1 as a resin identification code, used in recycling.

In science

See also

Notes

  1. ^ Georges Ifrah, The Universal History of Numbers: From Prehistory to the Invention of the Computer transl. David Bellos et al. London: The Harvill Press (1998): 392, Fig. 24.61

Simple English

One (1) is a natural number after zero and before two. It represents a single item. A human typically has one head, nose, mouth, and navel (or belly-button). The Roman numeral is I.

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Mathematics

In mathematics, one is also the only number with this special fact: Any number multiplied by 1 equals that number. Then, the number 1 divides any number but it is not divided by any. The number 1 divides any number to give that same number but it cannot be divided by any other number to give one as the answer. Let n be any number. Then n/1 = n but 1/n is never 1.(When n is not 1) Example: 7/1 = 7 but 1/7 is not 1 but 0.142857...

Any number divided by itself always gives 1 as the answer. n/n = 1.(When n is not 0) Example: 7/7 = 1.

Computer science

The number one is important for computer science because it is, together with zero, a part of the binary numeral system. In machine code and in lots of programming languages one means true. Zero means false.

Other meanings

  • In Germany and Austria, one is the grade for "very good". It's the best grade of 6 possible grades in Germany and the best of 5 possible grades in Austria. In the Netherlands, one is the lowest grade, and 10 the highest and best. In Poland, one is also the lowest grade, but the highest is 6.
  • In numerology, the number one is a symbol for everything (unity), the beginning, and God.

Sources

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