Day 13: Exam 1


This exam will cover the semester so far.  That is, the mathematics of Mesopotamia and Egypt.  In slightly more detail, this means you will need to be able to:
I will supply you with metrological tables, a reciprocal table and a 2x reciprocal table.  You will be permitted to use a calculator to check your workings if necessary.


Some fun arithmetical questions.  These will be similar to the arithmetical homework questions and allows you to demonstrate your skills with the various computational techniques we have covered.
Some problems.  I will give you a couple of word problems similar to the ones you have studied and expect you to work through them and discuss their relationship to the rest of the corpus.  Another possibility is to give a 'variant' of an example using different data but the same algorithm. 

A selection of IDs and definitions.  Given an artifact or topic, identify and describe as fully as possible, including location, date, contents and significance.
Examples: Identify this image, this image, this image, or this image.
    Terminology: hekat, khar, sila, kush, nindan, ban, sar.
    Topics: reciprocal tables, edubba literature, sexagesimal system.
Some short answer questions.  These will be short discussion questions, often focussing on development of an idea or topic, or comparison of ideas.
Examples: Discuss the development of the sexagesimal place value system.
    Compare the numeration systems of Egypt and Mesopotamia in the second millennium.
    Discuss the role of the scribe in Mesopotamia.
    Discuss the role of the scribe in Egypt.
    Discuss the types of mathematics needed for planning and constructing a pyramid.
    Discuss the role of tables in Old Babylonian mathematics.
    Compare the characteristics of Old Babylonian mathematical problems with those in the RMP.
    Discuss the ideology of scribal training in Ur III.
    Give an analysis of a particular problem from Mesopotamia or Egypt in terms of the ideas we have discussed.

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Last modified: 4 October 2005
Duncan J. Melville

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