The History of Algebra

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The History of Algebra The history of algebra has been around for several decades, this method of mathematics has been used during the beginning of time. The development of algebraic notation progressed through out three stages: the rhetorical stage, the syncopated stage, and the symbolic stage with which we are use to using in our daily usage of algebra. In ancient civilization math was used to help leaders to strategically form how their troops should be lined up for battle and help decide how to attack their enemies. Algebra was used in the many of these civilizations: Egypt, Babylon, Greece, India, Europe, and most parts of the Middle East. In Egypt, the Egyptians used mathematics which included Algebra to solve equivalent to a…show more content…
They also were able to prove that the quadratic equations have two roots, and included the negative as irrational roots. The Hindus used the astrology and astronomy to help determine directions in which they should live their lives as if it was an almanac. The Hindus used this method of algebraic equations to determine directions, farming, and behavior among their peers. The Arabs in the Middle East helped improve the Hindus number symbols and was able to adopted the same method of algebraic reasoning as the Greeks they reject the negative solutions that the Hindus were using and would solve the quadratic equations by recognizing two solutions, possibly irrational. The algebra of the Arabs in the Middle East was entirely rhetorical and like the Hindus, the Arabs worked freely with irrationals. The Arabs used and improved the Hindus number symbols and the idea of positional notation. These numerals (the Hindu-Arabic system of numeration) which are used throughout the world today, however the Arabs contribution to the methods that are used in algebra is the solution of cubic equations by geometric methods involving the intersection of conics. In the 16th century of the European nations there were great theories about algebra, they rejected the method that negative numbers could be used in an algebraic equation and many of the mathematicians would quickly accepted zero as a number but
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