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# The Roman Numerals Essay

1007 words - 5 pages

Roman Numerals
Christian Gracia
Texas A&M University Corpus Christi

Summary
In this paper I will be talking about the Roman Numerals, a system that started showing up in the early 500 B.C. This system consists in symbols used to represent different numbers, most of these symbols have a meaning behind that has to do with using the hands. Just as we have rules in our system they also had their own rules that needed to be followed. They developed a way to write numbers in a larger way by placing bars in different places when writing a number, this meant that the number was being multiplied by a certain quantity. Addition and Subtraction is a method like the one we use now a day ...view middle of the document...

Also in this system the number zero does not exist, why? Because they did not needed it.
Romans also had they system for fractions, they would use dots. They thought that the “Duodecimal system” was good since twelve was an easy way to divide fractions. 1/12 “•” which means an ounce, 2/12 = 1/6 “••” a sixth, 3/12 = ¼ “•••” a quarter, 4/12 = 1/3 “••••” a third, 5/12 “•••••” five-ounce, and so on. The dots were not necessarily in a line, they were arranged similarly to the different...

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