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The Egyptians only used addition and subtraction and didn't use abstract theorems to calculate their numbers, instead they used tangible everyday objects - such as the number of bricks that will be needed, how much will be needed to fill a jar, etc. These objects were standardize at a very early date so would supply accurate results for the Egyptians. They had no concept of zero but did use fractions (written by using an 'R' with a number under it i.e. 1/... )

Number Hieroglyph | Hieroglyph Meaning |

1 | |

10 | |

100 | |

1,000 | |

10,000 | |

100,000 | |

1,000,000 | |

Symbols were used in a cumulative method as the diagram to the left displays |

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