20 November 2008

Vedic Math

One of the issues I've been wrangling with in Augustus' education has been regarding Math. He gets simple addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. But when we move into multiple digits he stumbles. A friend recommended we take a look at Vedic Math. This is a math system based on ancient East Indian way of doing math.

Vedic maths is a math form inspired by the Vedas, or sacred Hindu texts. Between 1911 and 1918 Sri Bharati Krsna Tirthaji (1884-1960), a saint-yogi, researched the ancient Indian scriptures, wrote 16 sutras, or word-formulae and created Vedic math.

Western mathematics is very left-brain. Vedic math utilizes the right brain as well. Vedic mathematics is based on interrelations and patterning. It allows for creativity and multiple pathways to the answer - often done on one line or mentally!

Very comprehensive site: http://www.hinduism.co.za/vedic.htm . I'm no math whiz and it took me a bit to master the concepts here-in particularly because when I got the answers it seemed so easy! There are several ways of doing this math that use cross hatches for the very visual. I haven't even begun to tap into all the sites available online. So I'm intrigued, but I need to learn this before I can teach it. I want to learn more and was even thinking to propose finding someone to teach a Vedic Math course. Like many things that seem easy, I realize there are rules to learn here and significant study to really absorb this subject fully. I welcome any feedback.

Some more:
http://www.vedicmaths.org/Introduction/Tutorial/Tutorial.asp
http://www.jainmathemagics.com/page/5/default.asp
http://www.vedicmathsindia.org/tutorials.htm

Tata for now, and happy computing!

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