A Brief Look At The Origin Of Algebra

884 words - 4 pages

A Brief Look at the Origin of Algebra
Connie Beach
Professor Clifton E. Collins, Sr.
Math 105: Introduction to College Mathematics
May 22, 2010

In this paper we look at the history of algebra and some of its different writers. Algebra originated in ancient Egypt and Babylon around 1650 B.C. Diophantus of Alexandria, a Greek mathematician, and Abū ʿAbdallāh Muḥammad ibn Mūsā al-Khwārizmī, a Persian mathematician from Baghdad, astronomer and geographer, shared the credit of being the founders of algebra. Diophantus, who is known as the “father of algebra”, carried on the work of the ancient Egyptians and Babylonians, but the word Algebra actually came from the word al-jabr, ...view middle of the document...

C., is where much of our understanding of ancient Egyptian math is established. They were solving problems such as linear equations; but they did not use symbols, instead their equations were spoken aloud. During that same time, ancient Babylon’s use of math was much greater than Egypt. They were solving quadratic equations, where possibly the quadratic formula was created. They were using some symbols, but like the Egyptians, their problems were solved verbally (Highlights in the History of Algebra).
Diophantus of Alexandria, (who lived around 200 – 298 A.D.), carried on the traditions of Egypt and Babylon. He was a Greek mathematician, who was also the author of Arithmetica, a book that gives many solutions to complicated undefined equations. He is sometimes called “the father of algebra”, because he contributed to the number theory and mathematical notation (Diophantus, 2010). The word algebra actually comes from the word al-jabr which is from the work of Abū ʿAbdallāh Muḥammad ibn Mūsā al-Khwārizmī, (who lived around 780 – 850 A.D.). He was a Persian mathematician, astronomer and geographer; who lived in Baghdad, Iraq. He wrote Kitab al-Jabr wa-l-Muqabala, one of the first Arabic algebras; it demonstrated the analytical solution of linear and quadratic equations. He is credited as being the founder of algebra, one that he shares with Diophantus (Muhammad ibn Mūsā al-Khwārizmī, 2010).
Although algebra had originated more than 4000 years ago, it wasn’t until the 16th century that symbolism were introduced,...

Other Essays Like A Brief Look at the Origin of Algebra

A Look at Classical Conditioning Essay

2069 words - 9 pages A Look at Classical Conditioning | Aaron P. Dean | | A Clockwork Orange | Outline I. A brief overview of “A Clockwork Orange” (A.C.O.) A. General Information and Plot Synopsis B. Alex DeLarge C. Thesis Statement II. Classical Conditioning D. What is Classical Conditioning? i. The Pavlovian Method a. The Basic Components * Defined Theories b

A Look at Linked in Essay

890 words - 4 pages A Look at LinkedIn BUS 352 May 27th, 2013 A Look at LinkedIn In using the internet for a variety of activities, it provides an open dialogue that allows people from all over the world to connect with one another in an easy/fast manner. As technology is constantly evolving, many opportunities open up that allows the ability to connect and work with another with little to no effort. As businesses (more specifically

The Origin of Football

534 words - 3 pages . Much of the rowdy character of traditional football has been lost due to this concerted effort, but the sponsorships and advertising have also brought a large new audience to the game. There are still outrageous fans at every match, and there are players who still push the limits of good sportsmanship occasionally, but by and large the game has become a homogenized game of the masses.

A Look At What A Family Is In Societies Around The World, Also Different Types Of Marriages

304 words - 2 pages The family is a remarkably significant social unit. It is defined a group of individuals, related by blood, marriage, adoption or cohabitation (AIFS, 2001). In all known societies the family has the function of regulating sexual behaviour and reproduction, of socialization, of protecting children and the elderly, and of providing its members with emotional support, health and well beingOver the last few decades, family formation patterns have

The Origin Of Modern Humans

2262 words - 10 pages acquired traits and parallel evolution in populations that had radiated to different places in Africa and Eurasia. Cladistically speaking, the Out-of-Africa version would be a more likely answer to the origin of modern humans due to it requiring less independently acquired traits. This seems to be a common reason as to why advocates of the Out-of-Africa model tend to disagree with the Multiregional hypothesis, but before this debate can really take off

Digitally Nude: A Look At Online Privacy

2108 words - 9 pages . It would work by taking large quantities of data, compiling and compressing it, and then sending it as a complete package to the receiving computer. This allowed for multiple connections on a shared line to be made at the same time, making the computers an interconnected network. The network this created would eventually become referred to as the Internet (“Internet History”). As technology increased, so did the ability to use the Internet

A Look at a Career as Controller in the Corporate Finance Industry

650 words - 3 pages A Look at a Career as Controller in the Corporate Finance Industry Having worked in the Financial Industry for 11 years I feel like it would be natural for me to seek a job such as Controller at a Financial Institution or in the Finance Industry. In order to determine the requirements for such a position I searched a sample job description: Responsible for direct supervision of all accounting and financial functions. Primary responsibilities

Bad Hair Day: This Is A Look At African American's And The Importance Of Hair And The Role It Plays Within The Community

1294 words - 6 pages Diving into the world of black hair is something all familiar yet somehow completely distant all at once. While at first I thought I knew all there was to know about black hair in its entirety, Henry Louis Gates Jr. and my many black comrades proceeded to prove me totally wrong. My four year old niece is half black. I am often stuck with the task of doing her hair. She has what many consider "good" hair. Free of kink. It is a massive, curly

A Brief Analysis of

2902 words - 12 pages A BRIEF ANALYSIS OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN Mark Twain, the pen name of Samuel Langhorne Clements,was born in Horida,Missouri,on November 30, 1835.When he was four the family moved to Hannibal, Missouri, a small town of about five hundred people, situated on the Mississippi River.Hannibal was a small, backward,riverside town and Twain s recollection of his years there exerted a powerful hold on his imagination.It was the model for St

Taking A Look At The Term 'Community' And My Community - Brampton

2421 words - 10 pages the place where you are currently integrated or what you are currently doing. For example if a person is at a public social event these places can also be considered as a community because of the interaction between individuals.Community can mean a number of different things too many people, traditionally the term community would mean a group of people living in the same locality and under the same government ; therefore we as Canadians are one

A Philosophical Enquiry Into The Origin Of Our Ideas Of The Sublime And Beautiful: Edmund Burke

1611 words - 7 pages journalism. The neglect of law studies he had begun at age twenty-one proves his inquisitiveness and interest in other areas. The result was the subsequent publication of two works, “A Vindication of Natural Society” (1756) and the “Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful” (1757). This latest book is on which we will focus in this work. It is a writing that is part of emerging aesthetic phenomena science

Related Papers

The Origin Of Native American Man: A Look At Possible Migrations Of Pre Historic Man Into North America

1880 words - 8 pages The Origin of Native American Man: A Look at Possible Migrations of Pre-Historic Man Into North America Ally Crawford ARC 330 Dr. Ortmann Spring 2011 Abstract The origins of Native American people have been a topic of debate in academia for decades. There have been several theories, up to and including the possibility that Native Americans arrived via alien intervention. The origins of Native Americans are much less fantastic

A Brief Look Back Essay

741 words - 3 pages aisles to pick up whatever my grandmother needed. I can remember the look of the store, very much as described in the short story, with its checkerboard rubber tile floor and fluorescent lighting. Other things about this store that stick out in my mind include the old mechanical cash registers right at the front doors and the ever present scent of freshly ground coffee. It was a special time in my childhood and in many ways this store was a very

A Look At Ethos Essay

1074 words - 5 pages ETHOS Through out history the selling of any given product or idea has been achievable by establishing speaker or product credibility. If there was even the slightest inclination of a fallacy in a speaker’s credibility his entire message was useless and deemed irrelevant. Today we see an enormous amount of bogus material that claims to be credible just because it is on the Internet, or on television. We see a majority of the population

The History Of The American Education System: A Look At The 1900s

2059 words - 9 pages The History of the American Education System: A look at the 1900s The dawn of the 1900s brought with it progressive education. With a growing population due to an influx of immigrants, many cities decided to build more schools. Chicago was one such city. Before 1889, the city of Chicago had only five high schools. By 1990, the Chicago Board of Education had developed the Chicago Normal School, 15 high schools and 234