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Students Enjoy Vedic Mathematics

It takes 11-year old Aditya Ray only seconds to multiply a five-digit number using a four-digit one, thanks to Vedic mathematics, which he claims makes it quicker and accurate. By traditional method, he would have significantly more than a minute to get the answer.

“It takes me around one plus a half minutes to multiply such large numbers utilizing the conventional technique. However, if I take the Vedic maths course, I could solve it in 30 seconds,” the Class 6 student explained.

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The Kolkata-based Ray added that while his school anticipates him to solve problems using the traditional manner, he at times uses Vedic maths.

Discovered by Hindu seer Swami Bharati Krishna Tirthaji in the early 20th century, additionally it is said to not be difficult to consider, creates inquisitiveness, offers multiple ways of doing precisely the same computation and improves analytic thinking.

According to the School of Vedic Maths (SOVM), Tirthaji was born in Tirunelveli in Tamil Nadu in 1884. After finishing his Master of Arts he was a faculty principal. The college principal quit that to embrace a religious path. It was during deep meditation that he got inner revelations on the 16 sutras from the appendix of Atharva Veda, one of the four vedas, the primeval Indian scholastic and religious texts.

Tirthaji declared that any mathematical problem can be solved using them.
Gaurav Tekriwal, president of the Vedic Math Forum India, said Vedic maths was a collection of techniques to calculate faster when compared to the traditional systems.
“With just a little practice in Vedic maths one can make routine computations easier, simpler and quicker so much so that you can call it ‘World’s Fastest Mental Maths System’. It’s applications mainly in arithmetic and algebra and therefore is a favorite of competitive exam aspirants who wish to handle maximum problems in less time,” Tekriwal told IANS.

On-line courses spread over 30 hours for pupils and 40 hours for teachers are held by the Forum. The classes are one on one.

Pradeep Kumar, founder director of Magical Methods, which supplies training shared that using such calculations, choosing the square of any number ending with five becomes incredibly simple.

“Say you are looking for square of 85. You multiply 5 by 5 and set 25 as your right part of the solution. Then, multiply 8 and set 72 as your left element of the solution. Your answer is 7,225,” he said, including the same formula can be used to locate square of any number ending with five.

The division is slowly gaining popularity among students “because it’s quite useful, especially for anyone planning to consider competitive examinations”, Kumar said.

“Nowadays, there is a large number of competitive exams. Speed is really one of the factors that are key to crack any assessment which tests numeric ability. Vedic maths is an excellent instrument.

Nair added that from a teacher’s perspective, it gives “tremendous possibilities to research learning mathematics from many positions as well as in innovative ways”.

“It has little importance. We might as well forget it. Though it may have a few useful bits, the aura around it makes it very damaging on the whole,” Dani told IANS over email.

Retired 85-year-old teacher and educationist Dinanath Batra, who got American scholar is batting for the debut of Vedic maths in universities and schools.

Those people who have profited from Vedic Maths and want it introduced in the schooling system favour it. Teachers of conventional mathematics and school principals we  spoke to agreed that it should be formally introduced.  It was interesting to see that there were examples on the internet, including in Japan and accessible using a Russian proxy – in schools in Moscow.

“There is no damage in introducing it in the primary level in schools, at least some parts of it. It’ll only make the pupils’ base stronger. It has been seen that pupils take interest when new techniques are taught,” Rekha Dwivedi, a mathematics teacher at a government school in Dwarka in Delhi.

She added that teachers ought to be first trained.

Agreed Nair, who said that introducing Vedic maths will be good notably in Courses 6 to 9, “but with no suitable pedagogy in teaching and appropriate training to teachers, it mightn’t be quite powerful.”
In fact, vedic maths got the attention of Japan over a decade ago and it could establish an international occurrence like the Chinese abacus if channelized properly.

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Srinivasa Ramanujan Anniversary

If anyone ever compiled one of those top twenty lists but of mathematicians – then many would expect Srinivasa Ramanujan to be included in it.  This year is the 125th anniversary of the birth of one of the subjects most talented mathematicians.

He was born to a peasant family in South India, and it was in this poor background that Ramanujan began to teach himself maths.  Some say this was actually a very good start for him as being cut off from most of the modern mathematical work of the time, he developed in a different way.

There is no doubt that much of his work ranks up with the greatest contributors of all time. Unfortunately his talent was cut short and he died aged just 32.  His talent has been recognized internationally though and many talented world class mathematicians have devoted their lives to just studying his notebooks.

He was granted a Bachelor of Science degree by Cambridge University and was elected as a fellow to Royal Society in 1918.  He was the first Indian to be granted this great honour.

There are many prizes and even a journal named after him.  This year the American Mathematical Society is publishing a series of articles discussing his legacy and his impact on current maths thinking.  He has even been included in many programmes on the development of maths including a wonderful series on the BBC and one on ITV (check here).  You can I think still watch it on BBC Iplayer but you may need to use a proxy server to watch it – like these.  These servers allow you to hide your real IP address and present a British one instead which is vital if you want to use the Iplayer in USA for example.

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