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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Duncan J. Melville

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