CT4.05B – Introducing ZERO

It might seem like an obvious piece of any numerical system, but the zero is a surprisingly recent development in human history.

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A full grasp of zero’s importance would not arrive until the seventh century A.D. in India from the mathematician, Brahmagupta. This lesson stresses how important Understanding Zero is to computer.

A Summary


Minimum Grade Best for students 2nd grade and up
Complexity Level Low
Length 20 minutes / Class
Subject Area Importance of Zero for Computers

Target Audience

We think this material can be understand by students as young as 2nd grade.


YES.  Just like most of our micro-lessons there will be a test after this lesson. We will ask questions about how Zero became necessary, how we used it, how we got along without it and how the news of Zero travelled around the world.

The entire class is 20 minutes long. 15 minutes will be devoted to material and 5 minutes for testing. You will do great. Don't worry. You can always retest again if you aren't able to achieve 80% or better the first time around.