Journey Through Genius: The Great Theorems of Mathematics Quiz | Eight Week Quiz B

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Euclid and the Infinitude of Primes.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What did the Pythagorean Theorem accomplish for mathematics?
(a) The ability to find square roots.
(b) The concept of providing a logical proof.
(c) The ability to measure angles.
(d) The concept of constructing useful mathematics.

2. Which was true of Euclid's number theory?
(a) It was incorrect, as proved by Plato.
(b) It has an impact on modern math.
(c) It has been proven too basic to be useful.
(d) It was proven to the true by Hippocrates.

3. Numbers whose divisor add up to itself, was considered which type of number according to Euclid?
(a) Even number.
(b) Perfect number.
(c) Composite number.
(d) Nominal number.

4. Which of the following becomes an important definition in mathematics that was first presented in Elements?
(a) 180 degree angle.
(b) Intersection.
(c) Parallel line.
(d) Circle.

5. Which of the following was NOT one of the basic definitions in Elements?
(a) Parabola.
(b) Right angles.
(c) Straight Line.
(d) Line.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who was the author of the book Elements?

2. Which shapes as described by Euclid, inspired the Greek philosopher Plato?

3. What does the Pythagorean Theorem state?

4. Which of the following were an example of twin primes?

5. Which is a geometric concept that humans have been aware of since the dawn of agriculture?

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