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Topic: Math prefixes
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Judith E. Jacobs

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Math prefixes
Posted: Oct 24, 1995 11:36 AM
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Sam:

Here is the story:

During roman times a famous emperor named Julius Augustus decided that he was
so important that he should be remembered by all. So two months (guess which
ones) were inserted in the calendar. That made September the ninth rather than
the seventh month.

As I told Eileen, this is one of my favorite discussion points with studnets
from fourth grade through graduate school. With older, more mature, college
students, several know the story. We then go on to explore how the months from
January to June got their names. This is a great tie in between language and
math and also can be used in science as to how year is defined now by different
cultural groups, and how in the past, with less scientific knowledge a "year"
was defined in various ways.

Ok Sam, you can now relax. And for all of us math people who did not appreciate
the required course in History of Western civilization, you can see its value
now.



Judith E. Jacobs
jejacobs@csupomona.edu


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10/24/95
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