Abacus Learning: The Ripple Effect
Improvement of numerical memory
This is because MaxBrain abacus students place numbers on the abacus image in their head as they mentally calculate with the abacus method. The retention of the numbers is certain if the number of digits does not exceed the limit of the mental image of the abacus. Utilization of the abacus image enables students even to recite the memorized numbers backwards. This is possible because of the application of the procedures used in the abacus method of mental calculation to solving the memorization assignment.
Improvement of memory in spatial arrangement
The second beneficial effect is the improvement in memory of spatial arrangement. Spatial memory is the part of memory responsible for recording information about one’s environment and its spatial orientation. For example, a person’s spatial memory is required in order to navigate around a familiar city, just as a rat’s spatial memory is needed to learn the location of food at the end of a maze. It is often argued that in both humans and animals, spatial memories are summarized as a cognitive map. Spatial memory has representations within working, short-term and long-term memory. Research indicates that there are specific areas of the brain associated with spatial memory. MaxBrain’s Abacus training to obtain the abacus image visually has the effect of making students sensitive to spatial arrangement.
Progress in solving mathematical problems
Advanced abacus learners receive even more desirable effects in solving certain types of mathematical problems compared to non-abacus learners. These problems include the comparison of the size of the numbers (i.e. put the following five numbers in order: 0.42, 12, 3.73, 0.95, 10.1), the calculation of numbers with multiple choices of proposed answers (i.e. choose the correct answer from five choices of proposed answers for 1026.95 ÷ 103.1), and word problems. In addition, a positive effect is seen, not only in mathematical problems with integers and decimals, but also in those with fractions, especially when higher level thinking is required to solve them.
In Abacus training, there are no fractions involved, but the ripple effect positively influences problem-solving infractions. MaxBrain Abacus students transform the fractions into decimals, in order to solve problems with fractions. Hence MaxBrain Kids solve mathematical problems by changing the numbers into a form they understand best.
In Sanskrit, the ancient language of India, the word Sutra means “Thread of Knowledge”. In English, we have the word Suture from Sutra and Suture is the thread used for stitching wounds together. So each rule is a thread of knowledge and the whole subject is based on these sutras. The Vedic Maths system is based on 16 Vedic Main-Sutras together with 13 Sub-Sutras which are actually word formulae describing natural ways of solving a whole range of mathematical problems. These are 16 one-line formulae originally written in Sanskrit,which can be easily memorized, enable one to solve long mathematical problems quickly.
The Sutras (aphorisms) apply to and cover each and every part of each andevery chapter of each and every branch of mathematics (including Arithmetic,Algebra, Geometry – plane and solid, Trigonometry – plane and spherical,Conics – geometrical and analytical, Astronomy, Calculus – differential andintegral etc.) In fact, there is no part of mathematics, pure or applied, that isbeyond their jurisdiction.
The most astonishing feature of the Vedic system is its coherence. Instead of a mixture of unrelated techniques, the entire system is marvellously interconnected and fused: the general method of multiplication, for example, is easily reversed to permit single-line divisions and the straightforward squaring method can be upturned to give one-line square roots. All of these methods are easily understood. This unifying quality gives immense satisfaction and makes maths enjoyable and easy and also motivates innovation.
The simplest benefit of Vedic Mathematics is that it enables us to carry out calculations mentally. There are many other advantages in using a flexible system. Students can discover their very own methods;, which leads to more imaginative, interested and intelligent students. Research is being carried out in many areas. Researches include studying Vedic Maths effects on children; developing powerful applications of the Vedic Sutras in different fields such as geometry, calculus, computing etc.
The real charm and usefulness of Vedic Mathematics can be fully treasured only after practicing the system actually.