## Day 10: Egyptian arithmetic and RMP

### Summary

Egyptian arithmetic: addition, subtraction, multiplication,
division, reciprocals.

Rhind Mathematical Papyrus and 2x1/n table.

### Reading

R.J. Gillings, `Problems 1 to 6 of the Rhind Mathematical
Papyrus,' in F. Swetz (ed.), *From Five Fingers to Infinity*,
135-145.

R.J. Gillings, *Mathematics in the Time of the Pharoahs*, Chapter
6.

### Handouts

RMP twice a reciprocal table.

RMP #21.

RMP #4.

### Links

A portion of the Rhind
Mathematical Papyrus in the British Museum.

### Homework

Egyptian arithmetic exercises.

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Last modified: 28 September 2005
Duncan
J.
Melville

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