Basics of Ancient Number Systems


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Which of the following ancient number systems was NOT a positional system?

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1. What is the value of the Roman numeral MCXVII?

2. We still divide time into 60 second minutes and 60-minute hours. What ancient number system does this derive from?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet focuses on historical numeric systems, with questions involving their characteristics as well as their modern day relevance.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In this quiz/worksheet combo you'll be assessed on the following:

  • Positional systems
  • Interpreting the value of Roman numerals
  • The ancient number system responsible for dividing time into 60 second minutes and 60 minute hours
  • Which early number system contained a symbol for zero
  • The antique numeric system still used widely today

Skills Practiced

  • Distinguishing differences - ensure that you can differentiate between the number systems discussed in the lesson to correctly identify their traits
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to translate a Roman numeral to a modern numeric value
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the old number system that's still often used today

Additional Learning

To learn more about early numerics, you can review the corresponding lesson titled Basics of Ancient Number Systems. This lesson can help you reach the following goals:

  • Describe tally marks
  • Define sexagesimal
  • Familiarize yourself with the symbols used in the Hindu-Arabic number system