##### 6 Q’s About the News

Use the photo and related article to answer basic news questions.

**WHAT** system did Sumerian math use?

**HOW** does the system work?

**HOW** were the tablets originally used?

**WHO** originally uncovered the mathematical knowledge of the Babylonians?

**WHY** are the tablets known as YBC 7289 and Plimpton 322 of particular importance to math scholars today?

**WHERE** was Plimpton 322 believed to have been written?

**WHEN** did Pythagoras’s theorem come along, in relation to this tablet, which contains Pythagorean triples?

*Related: In our lesson plan Proving (a Theorem) and Disproving (a Theory), students prepare a proof of the Pythagorean theorem and synthesize their learning by preparing a creative representation of Pythagoras’ ideas.*

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