History of Algebra

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The history of algebra began in ancient Egypt and Babylon, where people learned to solve linear (ax = b) and quadratic (ax2 + bx = c) equations, as well asindeterminate equations such as x2 + y2 = z2, whereby several unknowns are involved.

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History of AlgebraThe history ofalgebrabegan in ancient Egypt andBabylon, where people learned to solve linear (ax=b) and quadratic (ax2+bx=c) equations, as well asindeterminate equationssuch asx2+y2=z2, whereby several unknowns are involved. The ancient Babylonians solved arbitraryquadratic equationsby essentially the same procedures taught today. They also could solve some indeterminate equations.The Alexandrian mathematicians Hero of Alexandria andDiophantuscontinued the traditions of Egypt and Babylon, but Diophantus's bookArithmeticais on a m

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