Effective: 12/1/1984 | |

CAM 302–02: Numbers |

To provide guidelines for the use of numbers within policies and procedures

Academic and Administrative Documents

Use arabic numerals to express numbers greater than nine. Spell out nine and smaller numbers. However, be consistent in spelling out numbers or using numerals. Normally, use numerals for a series of numbers.

**Examples**

Numbers greater than nine:10Nine and numbers less than nine:fiveSeries of numbers:3, 6, 9, 12

Ordinal numbers follow the general rules described above for cardinal numbers. The preferred form of the ordinals “second” and “third” is with “d” alone, not “nd” and “rd.”

**Examples**

Numbers greater than nine:10th, 22d, 123dNine and numbers less than nine:first, second, third

Do not repeat in parentheses a number that is spelled out.

**Example**

three (notthree [3])

Do not begin a sentence with a numeral.

**Examples**

Six thousand people work at the university.Forty-nine percent of the students are women.

Ordinarily, spell out a fraction. However, quantities consisting of both whole numbers and fractions should be expressed as numerals.

**Examples**

:Fractionstwo-thirdsWhole numbers with fraction:1 2/3

8 1/2-by-11-inch paper

Use numerals to express dates, hours, decimals, measures, and percentages.

**Examples**

Dates:7/1/1993Hours:8:00 a.m.Decimals:3.42Measures:3 miles

3 yards, 2 feet, and 4 inchesPercentages:2 percent

Note: | Always spell out the word “percent,” rather than using the symbol (%). |

Use numerals to express monetary values.

**Examples**

$.5025.5 cents$7$94.50more than $10,000less than $25,000$25,000 or more$100,000$1 millionbutzero dollars

Use numerals to express volume, section, page, and exhibit references.

**Examples**

CAM 104, p. 2CAM 501A, p. 2

Note: | Please be advised that the policies and procedures used as examples in the CAM manual are often out of date and no longer applicable. They were chosen as examples when the CAM manual was revised in 1992. To access the current policies and procedures manuals, please go to http://www.asu.edu/aad/manuals. |