Exploring the Rhind Papyrus
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Publisher:Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics
Citation:Ohio Journal of School Mathematics, no. 64 (2011), 31-35.
In this article, we introduce the ancient Rhind papyrus. The Rhind papyrus serves as the foundation of mathematics today as it includes various mathematical techniques such as proportions, algebra, volume, and geometry. While many mathematical strategies are written on the Rhind papyrus, this article explores the ancient Egyptians approach to finding the area of a circle. Mirroring the Egyptians’ approach to comparing shapes to find information, this article explores a middle school activity that can be used in a similar way.