Math in Action: Maya Numbers
It is impossible to calculate large numbers without zero—a numeric symbol that conveys the concept of nothing. Two thousand years ago, the Maya civilization in Mesoamerica was one of only three cultures on Earth to invent the concept of zero. Accomplished mathematicians, the Maya used math to develop advanced astronomy, calendars, and architecture. In this interactive program, students will learn the fundamentals of Maya math.
- Learn about the Maya people and culture, past and present.
- Understand the basics of the Maya math system.
- Examine the values of the three Maya number symbols (shell, dot, and bar) and learn to write Maya numbers.
2: Time, Continuity, and Change
Indigenous people of the Americas shaped life in the Western Hemisphere for millennia. After contact, American Indians and the events involving them greatly influenced the histories of the European colonies and the modern nations of North, Central, and South America. Today, this influence continues to play significant roles in many aspects of political, legal, cultural, environmental, and economic issues. To understand the history and cultures of the Americas requires understanding American Indian history from Indian perspectives.
8: Science, Technology, and Society
American Indian knowledge resides in languages, cultural practices, and teachings that span many generations. This knowledge is based on long-term observation, experimentation, and experience with the living earth. Indigenous knowledge has sustained American Indian cultures for thousands of years. When applied to contemporary global challenges, Native knowledge contributes to dynamic and innovative solutions.
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