Quipu

Learn about the Quipu!

Introduction

On this flyer you will get to know what a Quipu is and what everything on it means.The Quipu is something I find most interesting, so I am sure you will find it interesting.Enjoy!

What a Quipu is

Quipu is a number system based on knots on a string.It was used as a calculator.There is one main string which all of the other strings hang from.those strings have a series of knots on them. The type of knot represents a certain number.The placement of the string on the main string has a meaning too.It meant that they were units of 1.10,100,and so on.

What a quipu looks like:

Where the quipu came from

The quipu came from Andean South America.it was historically used by the Incas.It is unknown whether or not the Incas invented the quipu,but we do know that they still use the quipu. The Incas use a decimal number system like we do.In base-10,the number 5436 means (5x1000)+(4x100)+(3x10)+(6x1).That is called expanded form or expanded notation.