# About Math notation: the set of the $n^{th}$ natural numbers

It's true that I can write the set of the $n^{th}$ natural number as $[ n]$?

For example, $[10]= \{1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10 \}$. And in which math contex this is use?

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It's the set of the first $n$ natural numbers, not of the $n^{\text{th}}$ natural number. This would be $\{n\}$. – k.stm Jan 26 '13 at 11:45
Actually... the $n^{th}$ natural number can be defined as $[n-1]$, so it's almost true. – Git Gud Jan 26 '13 at 11:48
@GitGud Why 0 is natural number ? I am not good in math.. – Grijesh Chauhan Jan 26 '13 at 11:50
some time n natural numbers are shown as [1-n] in TOC – Grijesh Chauhan Jan 26 '13 at 11:52
@GrijeshChauhan read the first paragraph on the $\textbf{The contemporary standard}$ section: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/… – Git Gud Jan 26 '13 at 11:53

You can define $[n]$ however you want, so it can be true. Despite that, it is a common notation for the set $\{k\in \mathbb{N} : k\leq n\}$, yes.
N.B. This definition requires asserting that $\mathbb{N}$ begin at $1$. – goblin Jan 26 '13 at 11:53
@HaraldHanche-Olsen Because it's more troublesome to write $\{1, \dots , n\}$ than $[n]$. – Git Gud Jan 26 '13 at 12:21