WORLD'S FIRST MATH TEST
THE LONGEST LIST OF THE LONGEST
STUFF AT THE LONGEST DOMAIN NAME AT LONG LAST
What was the world's first math test?
In 1858 Alexander Henry Rhind
purchased a papyrus in Egypt which dates back to 1,650 BC when it was copied by
a scribe named Ahmes from a document dating to around 1,800 BC.
The papyrus, now known as the Rhind Mathematical
Papyrus, is housed in the British Museum.
The Rhind Mathematical Papyrus contains 84 problems
with worked examples and is one of the main sources of our knowledge of Egyptian
mathematics and perhaps the world's first math test.
One of the
more famous problems is problem 79 which has been translated into the following
famous story problem:
I was going to St. Ives,
I met a man with seven wives.
Each wife had seven sacks,
Each sack had seven cats,
Each cat had seven kits.
Kits, cats, sacks, and wives,
How many were going to St. Ives?
The Rhind Mathematical Papyrus
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