Dozenal System (base 12)

1. What is the purpose

of this number system, and what are its distinctive features?

The main purpose

for the dozenal system is to count however the main distinctive features that

this counting system has over the base 10 counting system is the number 10 we

know is written like an upside-down 2 and 11 is written as a backwards 3. The

number 12 becomes our number 10.

2. Explain where and

how this number system is used today

.The dozenal system

is rarely used today but languages such as Janji, Gbiri-Niragu, Piti were known

to have used this counting system. Units of time are seen in the dozenal system

where there are 12 months in a year, 12 signs of zodiacs and the Babylonians

had 12 hours in a day.

3. What are the

advantages and disadvantages of this number system?

People have

considered other counting systems such as the base sixteen because it would

bring humans closer to how computers calculate. Counting in the dozenal system provides

better mental problem solving using factors of 12.

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