The Development of Algebra Questions

Choose ONE of the questions listed below and write at most three sides of A4 as an answer. Diagrams should be used wherever appropriate.

  1. "The Algebra of the Egyptians and Babylonians was purely rhetorical". Discuss this statement, with examples.

  2. Discuss the methods used for dealing with quadratic equations prior to 1000 A.D.

  3. Describe, with examples, the contributions of Diophantus to the development of algebraic methods and notation.

  4. Describe, with examples, the contributions of the Hindus and Arabs to the development of Algebra in the period 500-1000 A.D.
At the same time as you submit this answer you must suggest a title for your assessment essay for this topic, as explained in the Introduction. Failure to do this will result in a reduced grade for your assessed essay.

Assessment 2

The development of Algebra

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