M2-5-38

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Maya numbers Maths Numbers
Maya 1.JPG
Maya 2.JPG

Overview:

Maya Mathematics.

The Maya used a base number of 20.

A dot stood for one, a bar stood for five, and the zero was drawn like shown in the upper figure.

You may:

  • Find the Mayan equivalent of a decimal number (like 40, in the lower figure) with the applet: hit Return after writing the decimal number
  • Increase or decrease the digit one by one (-1, +1) and see the resulting Mayan number


Suggestions:

You may:

  • Skip all the text in the web page, and figure out how the Maya wrote numbers.
  • Check your "theory" with the help of the applet.

Hint: numbers were written from bottom to top.


Learning object available in:

EN
DE
IT
LT
ES
CA


Terms you need to know:

none


Additional information:

type: webpage plus interactive animation
format: html, java, gif
Permission to(1):
download: yes
modify: no
Further permissions:
http://www.michielb.nl/maya/math.html
Age group(2): 5-12


Notes

(1) For personal, non-commercial use. To read the complete "Terms of use" of this learning object, please follow the link given in "Further permissions".

(2) Suggested age group. The learning object may be used by the Teachers with students of any age.

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