**INTRODUCTION**

Believe it or not! The number zero that we are accustomed to, came into existence rather late, around 200 A.D. (centuries after the great Classical Greek Period, which can arguably be called the origin of the modern mathematics).

The number zero as we know it was conceived by the Hindus from India. The Hindus were the first to recognize a mathematical representation of concept of no quantity. It had not occurred to earlier civilizations, even to the Greeks, that it would be useful to have a number which represents the absence of any objects.

The above excerpt comes from a book called "Mathematics for the Nonmathematician" by Morris Kline.

**ACTIVITY:**

Class debate based on given topic.

**PRE-DEBATE PREPARATION:**

All team will be presented with the topics and you will be given 10 minutes preparation time. As a team, you have to understand the given topic and be able to link the topic with Mathematical concept.

A reading material is provided as a resource.

Deliberate as a team as to who will be the first, second, third and last speaker.

**DEBATE TOPICS and FORMAT**

**EVALUATION AND GRADING CRITERIA**

The grading will be done in 2 stages.

Stage 1: invited judges

Stage 2: Audience

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