Friday, October 30, 2009

Mayans and Their Math

Hello! Today I am going to do a blog post about Mayans and their math. The last time I did a scribe post was when I was in the robotics group. I was blogging about what I learned and what I did, but this time I'm going to be blogging about what I have learned so far about the Mayans.

Did you know that ...
(I ran out of "math facts" so I added a little bit something about their culture)

- In the Maya counting system that there are only three symbols?
*What are the three symbols and what do they represent?
Click to see where I got this picture from

- The Mayan number system is approximately 1000 years and is more advanced than the European number system at the time

- Their system was set up so that the first five place values were based on the multiples of 20

- The Mayan's were the first to symbolize the concept of nothing (0)

- Mayan's independently came up with the symbol of zero

- Did you know that tourists are attracted to Cancun because of the Mayan civilization?

- Mayans had more than one god

- They believed that the Earth is going to end at December 21 2012

- Until now there are people who speak the Mayan language

-The Mayan culture extended to parts of what is now Mexico, Honduras, and El Salvador, and most of Guatemala and Belize

Here are some cool symbols I found on the internet:

(symbol for life)
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Symbol for family
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symbol for love
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That's all the information I got that I thought people should know. Please correct me if I have any mistakes. Make a comment. The next scribe is... Shaine :D

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