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Transcript of Mayan Mathematics
How Mayas read numbers
Where we use ten different symbols to represent numbers (1, 2, 3, 4 , 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 0), the Maya used only three: a dot for a one, a bar for five, and a symbol (usually a shell) for zero.
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Maya math was the most sophisticated counting system ever developed in the Americas. It allowed scholars, astronomers, and architects to make complex calculations, and it was simple enough to be used by market traders.
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-The Mayan had a second Number System, used for dating buildings and on Calendars, etc.
-The Mayan system is quick to write, and simple to understand. However, multiplication tables need to be learned up to twenty, rather than just ten!
-Some refer to these symbols as shells, pebbles, and sticks, which may have been the original counting items. These symbols can be combined to construct 19 digits (0 - 19). And with the use of the place value system any positive integer can be formed.