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## Contents of the Papyrus

What exactly is on the Rhind Papyrus?
• It begins with the division of 2 by odd numbers from 3 to 101 (Section 1: Division of 2 by Odd Numbers)
• Problems 1-6 are the division of 1,2,6,7,8,9 by 10 and then checking the answers (Section 2: Division of Numbers 1-9)
• Problems 7-16 are the multiplication of multiple fractions by multiple fractions (Section 3: Multiplication by fractions)
• Problems 17-20 are the multiplication of single fractions by groups of fractions (Section 4: Completion Problems)
• Problems 21-23 are adding groups of fractions to groups of fractions to get 1 (Section 4: Completion problems)
• Problems 24-29 are adding a fraction of a quantity to itself and using the total to find the value of the quantity (Section 5: Quantity Problems)
• Problems 30-34 are dividing numbers by groups of fractions (Section 6: Division by a Fractional Expression)
• Problems 35-38 are the multiplication of a variable and a fraction of it are summed to 1 (Section 7: Division of a Hekat)
• Problems 39-40 are multiplying whole numbers by ammounts to get other whole numbers (Section 8: Division of Loaves)
• Problems 41-46 are the volumes of certain objeects (Section G1: Problems of Volume)
• Problem 47 is another division of the Hekat problem, but this one is about putting many Hekats into a store room (Section G2: Division of 100 Hekat)
• Problems 48-55 are about finding the areas of certain regions (Section G3: Area)
• Problems 56-60 are about relating the sides of triangles (Section G4: Pyramids)
• Problems 61-87 are (miscellaneous) and deal with things ranging from mixtures of precious metals to cooking ratios, to hekats and loaves of bread.
What other sources are there of Egyptian mathematics and what other insight do they give us?