Polynomials and equations in arabic algebra

  title={Polynomials and equations in arabic algebra},
  author={Jeffrey A. Oaks},
  journal={Archive for History of Exact Sciences},
  • Jeffrey A. Oaks
  • Published 1 March 2009
  • Mathematics
  • Archive for History of Exact Sciences
It is shown in this article that the two sides of an equation in the medieval Arabic algebra are aggregations of the algebraic “numbers” (powers) with no operations present. Unlike an expression such as our 3x + 4, the Arabic polynomial “three things and four dirhams” is merely a collection of seven objects of two different types. Ideally, the two sides of an equation were polynomials so the Arabic algebraists preferred to work out all operations of the enunciation to a problem before stating… 
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