Most students in India have been seen facing problems in Mathematics. The issue is not in the way it is taught or what they read but in the clarity of concepts and their applications. Here is where mental maths takes its position. It improves the comprehension and concentration level of the learner. It also develops logical thinking which is very important for us not just for mathematics but also in our lives.
India has given great mathematics to this world. The discovery of ‘zero’ which was considered nothing was in India, the theory of estimation, the infinite dimensional group representational theory, the basic work of numerals, the Siddhant Siromani are the works of great Indians.
Will Durant, an American Historian, once said – India was the motherland of our race and Sanskrit the mother of Europe’s languages. India was the mother of our philosophy, of much of our mathematics …….. of self-government and democracy. In many ways, Mother India is the mother of us all.
Even the ancient system of Vedic Mathematics was not known to the world until its re-discovery in the 20th century by Shri Bharathi Krsna Tirtha Ji, the father of Vedic Mathematics. Vedic is a Sanskrit word which means knowledge. According to him, the subject is based on 16 Sutras that form the base of Mathematics. The 16 sutras are:
- Algebra, Applied mathematics of all various kinds, Arithmetic, Calculus- both differential and integral, Conics, Dynamics, Geometry, Physics, Plan and spherical geometry, Hydrostatics, Trigonometry and all.
In addition to the 16 Sutras there are also 13 sub-sutras that are used in calculation.
The beauty of practicing Vedic Mathematics is that even the most difficult or complex sums can be solved using the easy techniques that the subject offers. Instead of being a confusion of formulas and concepts it works on the sutras.
How can Vedic Mathematics help us?
- It improves mental ability.
- It is for those students who are scared of mathematics.
- Increases interest in numbers.
- It provides as set of independent checking of answers.
- There is no need to use calculators for calculations.
- The methods to use fast calculations can be used in competitive examinations.
- It sharpens the learner’s brain.
- Some studies also suggest that practicing and brushing up vedic mathematics helps us to use both the right and left side of the brain.
It is not just simple and convenient but also easy to learn.