What is vedic maths all about?
What is Vedic maths all about? This Indian system of mathematics makes learning maths simpler, easier, and faster. This system of mathematics was invented in India and exists from the vedic period.
A beginner's guide
Vedic mathematics was rediscovered from vedas between 1911 and 1918 by Sri Bharathi krsna Tirthaji. According to him all mathematics is based on sixteen sutras or formulae. These formula can be mentally carried out and also be done by writing it down. There is no one perfect way to solve a problem, students can invent number of ways to find the solution. But by following these formulae children find maths to be exciting and enjoying. This is one of the best ways to tap the right side brain.
For example dividing a 6 digit number may take a few minutes in the normal way, by using the techniques given in vedic maths it is just a matter of few seconds.
Students can do calculations 10-15 times faster than using conventional methods, with great accuracy.
It is a flexible mental system which encourages students to think intuitively in math. This is also useful in many branches of mathematics like Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Calculus, etc.
Now let us see who all can learn vedic maths. Everyone who loves maths and has a passion for maths can learn this. But mastering it requires practice, practice and practice.
As far as children are concerned, they should have a basic knowledge of maths. Students who know basic addition. subtraction, multiplication, times tables and division can learn this in no time. Even children in 1 and 2nd grade can use this method for basic calculation.
Vedic mathematics is based on sixteen sutras together with a similar number of sub-sutras. These formulas were recorded as sutras (verses) in the Atharvana Veda.
Each sutra provides a principle of mental working applicable to many diverse areas of mathematics. As already mentioned Vedic mathematics originated from vedas. Swami Bharati Krisna Theerthaji (1884-1960), continued learning the Vedas and Sastras. After eight years of tapas, he recovered sixteen mathematical sutras, supported by thirteen odd subsutras. He wrote sixteen volumes of this but the manuscript went missing and by repeated request from his disciples he started writing again but could complete only one volume which is the original text on this subject "Ancient Vedic mathematics".
In Vedic maths students are encouraged to do mental calculations rather than using pen and paper. In this way there mental ability is developed and they learn to do sums without using calculator.
For example: In normal method 65 * 65 , we multiply 65 by 5 and then 65 by 6 and add both the answers which takes a few minutes.
In Vedic maths using the sutra -- By one more than the previous we will solve the same sum in few seconds.
Here 65*65 = first 5*5 is 25 , this is the last digit.
applying sutra add 1 to no. 6 and make it 7
now 7*6=42 this is the first two digit. The answer is 4225.
similarly 85*85 = 5*5=25
So, answer of 85*85 is 7225.
Vedic maths should be encouraged at school level, so that all the children benefit from this. Come let us all indulge in learning this age old method and make maths an interesting subject.
Practice worksheets in the following articles will make this learning more easier.
This is very good as it seeks to educate members on the importance of mathematics in our studies. I also want to state here that mathematics is the best subject in the world for every interested persons or students.