During our recent visit to Nyíregyháza, Hungary we visited the Sosto Museum Village. One of my favorite places there was this school room.

The room was roped off so I had to settle for this shot from the doorway. Let me tell you what I see in this picture.

On the right of the picture is an abacus. As a lover of mathematics, I have to love that there was an abacus in the classroom.

At the top of the page near the center is a map of Szabolcs and Ung Counties. Ung county was where my husband’s maternal grandfather was born and was only about 75 km from this museum village. I like to think that his grandfather’s classroom might have been just like this one.

I love the ceiling with its wooden beams as well as the desks and other wood furnishings in the room. My husband’s paternal grandfather was a cabinet maker. The second cousins we met in Romania informed us that this grandfather made the desks at their school. Even though that school was far away from this museum village, I imagine that the desks he made looked much like these.

In a different classroom, we found this mathematics book. We could walk up and look at it quite easily, but we couldn’t turn any of the pages because it was behind glass. I apologize for the glare from the glass. They don’t make arithmetic books like this anymore!

One of the classrooms had this guide for reading and writing the alphabet.

Some other pictures of the museum village can be found here. I took other pictures, but this is enough for this post. I recommend going to Sosto Museum should you ever travel to Hungary.

Now I’ll write a little about the number 1168:

- 1168 is a composite number.
- Prime factorization: 1168 = 2 × 2 × 2 × 2 × 73, which can be written 1168 = 2⁴ × 73
- The exponents in the prime factorization are 4 and 1. Adding one to each and multiplying we get (4 + 1)(1 + 1) = 5 × 2 = 10. Therefore 1168 has exactly 10 factors.
- Factors of 1168: 1, 2, 4, 8, 16, 73, 146, 292, 584, 1168
- Factor pairs: 1168 = 1 × 1168, 2 × 584, 4 × 292, 8 × 146, or 16 × 73
- Taking the factor pair with the largest square number factor, we get √1168 = (√16)(√73) = 4√73 ≈ 34.17601

1168 is the hypotenuse of a Pythagorean triple:

768-880-1168 which is **16** times (48-55-**73**)

1168 is palindrome 292 in BASE 22 because 2(22²) + 9(22) + 2(1) = 1168