Math 323: Fall 2005
Day 4: Old Babylonian algorithms
Introduction to Old Babylonian procedure texts and word
problems. These are problems that were assigned to students
learning mathematics. They learned mathematics the same way they
learned other subjects: practicing over and over again. Old
Babylonian mathematics is very procedural. Students would
practice a particular procedure with differing constants until
they could perform it well. We will look at a couple of examples
these problem texts and also discuss the important procedure for
of numbers not in the standard list, called The Technique.
My Old Babylonian summary
page again, concentrating on the problem texts.
My page on The
and handout on reciprocals.
Reciprocal exercises worksheet
Reciprocal problems and algorithms.
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