Numbers looked like this:
Math was written in a different way than the way you see it now in the USA!
- Letters and Numbers ( as in the alphabet) weren't invented yet, so they used symbols
- The numbers sort of looked like roman numerals!
This picture above is a real example of Ancient Egypt math! (this picture is known as the Rhind Mathematical Papyrus.
They Egyptians also had a special way to write fractions.
They Egyptians needed fractions for many reasons. Some these were, division of food, and supplies. They needed these for many more reasons too. In this section you will find more about fractions.
- A scribe wrote a fraction with a numerator of one.
- Only 6 out of the 87problems in the Rhind Mathematical Papyrus did not involve fractions.
- Egyptians used the heiroglyph "open mouth" to represent the reciprocal of an number.
- Because the Egyptians performed their multiplications and divisions by doubling and halving, it was necessary to be able to double fractions.