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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through The Bernoullis and the Harmonic Series.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Which mathematician was first to take the challenge to solve cubic equations?
(a) Luca Pacioli.
(b) Niccolo Fontana.
(c) Scipione del Ferro.
(d) Tartaglia.

2. What was Euclid's definition of a prime number?
(a) Numbers which do not, and can not, contain a perfect number.
(b) Numbers which can only be divided by themselves and 1.
(c) Numbers which contain an infinite number of composite numbers.
(d) Numbers which are divisible by 2.

3. "Straight lines in the same plane that will never meet if extended forever" is a definition of what?
(a) Parallel lines.
(b) Intersection.
(c) Circle.
(d) 180 degree angle.

4. What name did Euclid give for numbers that could be divided by numbers other than themselves and one?
(a) Even numbers.
(b) Discrete numbers.
(c) Composite numbers.
(d) Perfect numbers.

5. What was Eratosthanes most famous for?
(a) He developed a simple way to find prime numbers and for determining the circumference of the Earth.
(b) He showed that there are no even prime numbers.
(c) He showed that the Earth must be a sphere.
(d) He developed a way to navigate using logitude and latitude.

Short Answer Questions

1. Numbers whose divisor add up to itself, was considered which type of number according to Euclid?

2. What was most useful about finding the square of a shape, before Hippocrates?

3. In general, what did Euclid's number theory describe?

4. What was the same about Apollonius and Erosthanes?

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

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