The nature of a number is the qualities that determine its characteristics and help us to say something about that number. The nature is influenced by the sum-of-digits, positions of digits, and many other characteristics. Some of these features are described below.

Odd or Even

One characteristic of numbers is odd or even. A number which, when divided by 2 and has a remainder, is said to be odd. The last digit will be either 1, 3, 5, 7 or 9.

If there is no remainder, the number is said to be an even number. The last digit will be either 0, 2, 4, 6 or 8.

'Super' Even

But there is a 'super' even number which is greater than the first root of 2. A number which is beyond 2^{1} may be said to be 'super' even. 64 (2^{6}) is more 'super' than 32 (2^{5}). In this category will be numbers with :

A final digit 0, 4 or 8 immediately preceded by 0, 2, 4, 6 or 8

A final digit 2 or 6 immediately preceded by 1, 3, 5, 7 or 9

Position Of Digits

The position of a digit can determine some characteristic of a number.

An even digit at the end of the number says that it is even.

An odd digit at the end of the number says that it is odd.

A zero (0) as the last digit suggests the number is divisible by 10 and 5.

A 5 as the last digit means 5 is a factor of the number.

Sum of Digits

The addition of the digits of a number can say a lot about the character of a number. A number the sum of whose digits, at its roots, is equal to 9 is itself divisible by 9.

Example : Take the number 748,334,898. (If you have any difficulties in pronouncing the number go to Say Numbers With Words for some assistance).

The sum of the digits is 54 and 5+4=9.

This means that 748,334,898 has 9 as a factor. Of course, the number has 18 and 3 and 6, for that matter, as a factor as well, because it also ends with 8.

But the number could have been simply divisible by 3 only, for this purpose.

Take the number 748,334,892 - just 69 less than the number above.

The sum of the digits is 48 and 4+8=12 and 1+2=3.

This means that 3 is a factor of 748,334,829 but not 9.

Divisible by 5 quality

If the last digit is a 5 or a 0 then the number is also divisible by 5. In addition, if the 5 is immediately preceded by a 2 or a 7 then the number is divisible by 25. Also divisible by 25 are numbers ending with 00 or 50.

Not Divisible by 3 quality

Since we can, by the simple addition of digits, say whether the number is divisible by 3 or NOT, then this allows us to utilize the NOT quality.

The sum of digits of a number NOT divisible by 3 will reduce at its lowest terms to 1 or 2. For instance, the sum of the digits of 748,334,839 = 49 = 13 = 4. Divide 4 by 3 and we get a remainder of 1 - a '1' number.

By that measure, 7 is also a '1' number and 5 and 8 are '2' numbers.

Add just 1 to 748,334,839 to make it 748,334,840 = 41 =5. Divide 5 by 3 and we have a remainder of 2 - a '2' number.

The NOT divisible by 3 events affect additions, subtractions, multiplications and divisions of numbers. A knowledge of this can let you quickly determine if you have made an error when performing any of these operations.

A '1' + a '2' = a '3' which results in a number divisible by 3; might even result in a '9'.
eg. 43 + 41 = 84 = 12 =3.
and 43 + 47 = 90 = 9.

A '2' + a '2' = a '1'
eg. 41 + 41 = 82 = 10 = 1.

Subtraction

A '1' - a '1' or a '2' - a '2' = a '3' which results in a number divisible by 3; might even result in a '9'.
eg. 46 - 43 = 3
and 53 - 44 = 9.

A '1' - a '2' = a '2'
eg. 43 - 41 = 2

A '2' - a '1' = a '1'
eg. 41 - 40 = 1.

A '2' - a '2' or a '1' - a '1' = a '3' which results in a number divisible by 3; might even result in a '9'.
eg. 341 - 41 = 300 = 3
and 340 - 43 = 297 = 18 = 9

Multiplication

A '1' X a '2' = a '2'
eg. 16 X 17 = 272 = 11 =2.

A '2' X a '2' = a '1'
eg. 17 X 17 =289 =19 =10 = 1.

Division

A '1' / a '2' or a '2' / a '1' = a '2'
eg. 34 / 17 = 2
and 44 / 4 = 11 = 2.

A '2' / a '2' = a '1'
eg. 44 / 11 = 4 which is a '1'.