Tag(s) : Numeral System, History, Symbol Substitution

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Tool to convert to/from mayan numbers system. The Maya numeral system uses a mix of base 20 and base 5 (and also 360 numerals)

Answers to Questions

How to write maya numbers?

Numbers have to be converted in base 20 with simple glyphs (with dots and horizontal bars). Each dot equals 1 and each bar equals 5. The mayan civilization used a vertical writing of the numbers.

Example: for 19

Example: for 26

Some Mayan systems seemed to use a specific rule to the 3rd stage when they indicated dates. Indeed, for date, time or duration, the third floor stops at 360 (base 10). Only for dates therefore, the number 360 is thus written as 400. This change in the third stage is kept with the following numbers and the number 7200 is then written 8000.

How to convert mayan numbers?

Converting is made by counting symbols and convert it from base 20 to base 10.

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