Texas College Mathematics Journal

Volume 5, Number 1, Pages 1 - 4



A Solution for the Rhind Papyrus Unit Fraction Decompositions


Charles Dorsett


2000 MSC: 01A16, 11A67, 11D68


Key words: Early Egyptian mathematics, unit fraction decompositions


Abstract: The long unsolved mystery of a method for constructing the unit fraction decomposition table in the Rhind Papyrus now has a systematic solution that is consistent with the mathematical processes used in the Rhind Papyrus. The solution within this paper is the result of work done during the fall 2006.


Department of Mathematics, Texas A&M University Commerce, Commerce, TX 75429


Email address: charles_dorsett@tamu-commerce.edu