Rhind Papyrus

Pronunciation: /raɪnd pəˈpaɪ.rəs/ Explain
The Ahmes papyrus.
Figure 1: The Rhind Papyrus

The Rhind papyrus is an Egyptian mathematical text dating from about 1650 B.C.E. It is named after Alexander Henry Rhind, a Scottish antiquarian, who purchased the papyrus in 1858 in Luxor, Egypt. This document is important in that it gives considerable insight into ancient Egyptian mathematics. The text contains eighty-four word problems and their solutions. These word problem concern numerical operations, practical problem-solving, and geometrical shapes.


  1. McAdams, David E.. All Math Words Dictionary, rhind papyrus. 2nd Classroom edition 20150108-4799968. pg 156. Life is a Story Problem LLC. January 8, 2015. Buy the book

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