Egyptian numeration system

The Egyptian numeration system evolved around 3400 BCE. It uses special symbols to represent numbers that are power of 10

You can see the symbols below. Study them carefully before looking at the examples to follow!

Notice that for number greater than 10, this numeration system will require fewer symbols than the Tally numeration system

Study carefully the following examples:

245 can be represented as:

2008 can be represented as:

2,320,111 can be represented as:

By now, you should have noticed that this system is additive. However, addition can quickly become a pain in the neck if you are doing addition

You may need many symbols to express an addition problem

Here is an example of addition with Egyptian numerals:

290 + 820 = 1,110

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