Reading Questions #2

Reading Questions #2 - Read pages 13-33 of Chapter 1, then...

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Read pages 13-33 of Chapter 1, then post the answers to these questions on moodle in a .doc or .txt file: 1. Write a couple of sentences explaining "the number 8". It can be written by making the shape of and S and then connect a mirrored S to the two end points of the first, this creates the written Hindu-Arabic numeral, 8. In “mental notation” the actual number 8 only exists if, and only if it represents a physical characteristic such as; length, volume, amount, time, etc. .. 2. Why was it a big step to go from representing numbers with a clay container of tokens to just using marks on a container or papyrus? While representing “numbers” with physical objects, it is easy to see exactly what is there. However when assigning objects with marks, you do away with the object itself. Therefore the marks must be defined and understood before they can be understood. If two farmers meet and want compare harvest size, they can tally their crops and compare “marks”. But, if one farmer produces apples and the other
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This note was uploaded on 04/29/2008 for the course REL 100 taught by Professor Depends during the Spring '08 term at Augsburg.

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