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Mathematical "Textbook"

Mathematical "Textbook"

The ancient Mesopotamians used simple algebraic procedures to solve practical problems, such as calculating the area of a field or the volume of a vessel. Much of what is known today about Mesopotamian mathematics comes from the tablets that teachers used to instruct their students. This particular tablet (written in Sumerian) served as a mathematical "textbook" containing 247 problems with the answers omitted. For each problem, the area of a field is given and the student must determine its length and width with a quadratic equation.

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