Sample hieratic math ANSWERS

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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