## Abacus: A Maths Miracle

I found Math to be extremely mind boggling, but for the great Aryabhatta and Charles Babbage, Mathematics was clearly an intoxicating passion for them. However, with the changing trends and the increasing complexities, it has been found that children mostly lag behind in this subject or the problems do not match their intellects. To ease the woes of these innocent souls, Abacus has earned immense popularity in recent times.

Abacus, also called a counting frame, is a calculating tool for performing arithmetic processes. Abaci are often constructed as a wooden frame with beads sliding on wires, but originally they were beads or stones moved in grooves in sand or on tablets of wood, stone, or metal. Abacus was in use centuries before the adoption of the written modern numeral system and is still widely used by merchants and clerks in China, Japan, Africa, India and elsewhere.

In contemporary times, education system has become too tough and complex. It is believed that Abacus will ease the method of learning Math to a great extent. On an average, all Abacus courses contain ten levels and each level can be completed in a span of three months. It has been found that Abacus Math establishes a clear logic concept of numbering among small children and strengthens the base of Math at a tender age. This training increases the memory power and sharpens the mental formation of a child. A beginner always learns about numbers by counting their fingers. It is difficult for them to comprehend numeric relationships beyond the number ten for lack of countable objects. Using regular Math, children can use nothing but limited memory and brain power to solve arithmetic problems. Abacus presents multi-digit numeric relationships in a concrete bead-based system. Using an Abacus, young children can relate number values and comprehend the concepts of Mathematics easily. Therefore, the Abacus Math is far more superior to regular Math that is presented to children in an abstract form.

Mental Math is no more a mind-boggling exercise among children who take Abacus lessons from an early age. In this, context when asked, Darshaan Shete and Tejasree Shete said that Math seems fun now and they are always the highest scorers in their classes. These two children started learning Abacus in Drushti Learning School, Nagpur at a very young age. Darshaan a student of class five and Tejasree a student of class four claims that by learning Math through Abacus, they can solve 100- 150 problems out of 200 problems in eight minutes. They also stated that learning Math through this technique is not only easy but fun too, yet practice is required to master this technique.

Abacus is a boon for children who suffer from Math phobia and is an interesting way to learn for the Math lovers. So you do not lose anything this way or that. Why run from the mysteries of Math, when Abacus is here to help you?

Sridatta Gupta