Presented by Bruce C. Friedman

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Last modified: June 29, 2003

Answers written from right to left in modern notation or hieratic.

Hieratic Answers:

1A:

1/250 [=] 1/350 [+] (1/50 [*] (1/30 [+] 1/42))

The author of the ACHMIM mathematical wooden tablets might have written this
as:

/250 | /350 | /42 | /30 | /50 |

When there is a change
in the descent of the denominators, multiplication is implied!

A better Old Kingdom representation as follows:

[/250 /50 /7 /30 /42]

*visit the ACHMIM GUIDE
page for supplemental analysis of this artifact [CG 25.368]

1B:

1/3 [=] 1/10 [+] 1/5 [+] 1/30

The author of the RHIND Papyrus [Ahmes] could have
written this as:

[/3 /30 /10 /5]

2A:

1/7 [=] 1/15 [+] 1/21 [+] 1/35

Ahmes could have written this:

[/7 /35 /21 /15]

2B:

1/4 [=] 1/40 [+] 1/8 [+] 1/10

Ahmes could have written this:

[/4 /40 /10 /8]

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*Some of the other answers are not posted yet.

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