Computer algebra meets an ancient Egyptian problem

Yiu Kwong MAN

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An improved Fibonacci-Sylvester algorithm for computing unit fraction expansions is presented. In general, the maximal denominators computed by this new algorithm are comparatively smaller than those obtained by the original algorithm. Discussions of its implementation in computer algebra systems, comparison of tested results, ideas for further research and its applications in undergraduate teaching are included. Copyright © 2007 World Scientific Publishing.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSymbolic computation and education
EditorsShangzhi LI, Dongming WANG , Jing-Zhong ZHANG
Place of PublicationSingapore
PublisherWorld Scientific Publishing
ISBN (Print)9789812775993, 9812775994
Publication statusPublished - 2007


Man, Y.-K. (2007). Computer algebra meets an ancient Egyptian problem. In S. Li, D. Wong, & J.-Z. Zhang (Eds.), Symbolic computation and education (pp. 206-217). Singapore: World Scientific Publishing.


  • Unit fraction
  • Improved fibonacci-sylvester algorithm
  • Computer algebra


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