Presentation and discussion of selected problems and the relation of those problems to the rest of OB math.
Discussion of type/role of problem texts in OB mathematics.
In almost all cases, an Old Babylonian problem requires finding a numerical solution. The procedure texts describe the steps used in the solution algorithms. There are some important historical questions to do with how we interpret these instructions.
We will find it helpful to have a link to the OB metrology page.
Write up assigned homework problems from the handouts.On to Day 6.
Explain what each problem is and the steps of the procedure. Pay particular attention to metrology and use of mathematical constants.
Explain the techniques used and how they relate to those used in other problems.