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Given "n", a natural number.

- What number is the next consecutive natural number to "n"?

- Would the answer be 2?

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Natural numbers are all the integers > 0. The notation "n" just refers to any one particular number in this large set. The sequence of integers are separated by 1, and although the "n" notation doesn't specifiy an actual value, like 5, 103 or -15, the properties of the numbers in the sequence can be specified symbolically so that, for n = a number in the sequence, the next consecutive number would be n +1. If n = 5, then n + 1 = 6.

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college mathematics, applied math, advanced calculus, complex analysis, linear and abstract algebra, probability theory, signal processing, undergraduate physics, physical oceanography

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26 years as a professional scientist conducting academic quality research on mostly classified projects involving math/physics modeling and simulation, data analysis and signal processing, instrument development; often ocean related

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J. Physical Oceanography, 1984 "A Numerical Model for Low-Frequency Equatorial Dynamics", with M. Cane

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