# Mathematical Happenings Paper

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Mathematical Happenings

Egypt is one of the advanced civilizations in the ancient world. If it was not for them and their advancements in mathematics, the world we live in now would be a very different place. They paved the way for the Greeks and other ancient civilizations to continue improving not only the world of math but also most other industries.
One of the first people to start writing down anything were the Ancient Egyptians. They needed to keep track of the days for planting and harvesting, they needed geometry to build things, and arithmetic for trading purposes. It paved the way for the barter system. They needed a way to figure out how much of something else they would get for their product. The members of the Egyptian society that were in charge of numbers and keeping track of the surplus of good were priests. Their jobs besides their religious duties were in charge of creating a writing system, keeping records, create a calendar, watch the sky for astrological events and other intellectual endeavors. The number system for Ancient Egypt was called hieroglyphics. The system is based on groupings of 10. The numbers each have a name. The number 1 is called the stick, the number 10 is called the heel bone, the number 100 is called the scroll, the number 1,000 is called the lotus flower, the number 10,000 is called the bent finger or snake, the number 100,000 is called the burbot fish or tadpole and the number 1,000,000 is called the astonished man.

With these glyphs, they had ability to write very large numbers and with that ability, they could keep track the quantities of food, soldiers, slaves, or livestock.
Their way of multiplication was unique. They considered it as repeated addition based on doubling. Doubling means adding the number to itself to get the next number. For example, 1, 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 64, and 128. To understand

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