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Babylonian math problem – West Asian science

By |2019-02-07T18:57:36-07:00September 16th, 2017|Science, West Asia|

A real Babylonian math problem on a clay tablet What math problems did Babylonian kids do? This is a real math problem assigned to Babylonian kids in Iraq about 1900 BC. See if you can do it. Here's the problem: Suppose you have two equilateral triangles, one inside the other. Can you figure out the area [...]

What is a trapezoid? Simple geometry

By |2017-07-29T13:16:13-07:00July 29th, 2017|Math|

This is a trapezoid. A trapezoid is a kind of quadrilateral that has at least two sides that are parallel to each other. A parallelogram is a trapezoid that has two pairs of parallel sides, and a rhombus is a special kind of parallelogram, and so are rectangles and squares. To figure out the perimeter of a trapezoid, you can add the lengths of [...]