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ERIC Number: ED132090
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976
Reference Count: N/A
The New American Mathematics and the Old African Mathematics: An Adventure in Comparative Mathematics. Mini-Module.
African-American Inst., New York, NY. School Services Div.
This module is an introduction to traditional mathematics in Africa. A lesson plan is presented which explores the significance of words in the African number systems and compares them to American mathematical systems. Number words in four African languages are given as examples to illustrate base 5, 10, and 20 systems. Some words have been borrowed from Arabic when the particular base system does not include the desired numbers. Questions in the lesson plan challenge students to suggest social and economic opportunities which the early African number systems provided, possiblities of trade or relations with other groups in cases where their number words have the same derivation, and instances in both American and African mathematics where number words derive from physical terms, such as "foot." Among enrichment activities is a suggestion that students play "Count 'n Capture," a game of supposed African origin which involves mathematical and logical concepts. A bibliography lists eight sources for reading about mathematics and African history. (AV)
Descriptors: African Culture, African History, Area Studies, Bibliographies, Black Studies, Class Activities, Comparative Analysis, Cross Cultural Studies, Cultural Education, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Educational Games, Instructional Materials, Learning Modules, Lesson Plans, Mathematics, Number Systems, Numbers, Secondary Education, Social Studies
African-American Institute, 833 United Nations Plaza, New York, New York 10017 ($0.35, 3 for $1.00)
Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: African-American Inst., New York, NY. School Services Div.
Identifiers - Location: Africa