Friday, May 24, 2013

Scary Math? Make it Fun Filled Math

Mathematics, Maths...these are the names which most of the kids are always scared of and  this scare of maths is more or less accepted by society, which includes the parents. There is also a global acceptance that those who are blessed with Mathematical skills are geniuses. The society  I think, is trying to induce this thought to the minds of children starting at an early age. This really adds up to the entire myth of mathematics being a tough subject.

Math Myth Busted


Mathematics, however can be learned and mastered by anyone who have some analytic and creative thinking. This just takes the same effort as one takes to learn English, Physics, Chemistry or other sciences. The students would find it all the more interesting if they are moulded to take up the maths world from the beginning. Anyone can learn maths, whether they are in the good at it or are just looking at to brush up the fundamentals.

Learning math can be a discouraging process when you do not have the right tools or the right materials. This would really add up if you grew up believing that math is hard and that you will never understand it. The first thing about learning maths, and for that matter any subject, is to take a positive attitude while learning. To bring the positive attitude among students, when they start off at the primary level is to induce in them a habit of practicing. Practice makes you perfect. There is no task in this world which cannot be improved and improvement is certainly to follow practice.

Math, Simple Math, Easy Math


Math is like a pyramid. It requires a strong foundation for understanding and master the higher level. To facilitate this, we have created a set of Grade 1 Worksheets. These are sure to help the child start learning in a fun filled way. The fun learning would start with identifying and mastering the Numbers and Number Names and would continue with Addition and Subtraction. Watch these sections for more.

And, Last but not the least, do not miss to provide your valuable feedback so that we can keep improving.


Friday, May 17, 2013

Mathematics and India

Mathematics is a wonderful world of numbers. We all know and have heard so many times that India's contribution to the world of mathematics is the number Zero (0). Whereas this is 100% true but is just part of the whole story. Mathematics as recorded in History in India dates back to the Indus Valley Civilization and the Vedas and goes till the modern times.

Indus Valley Civilization & The Vedic Period (3300–1300 BCE)


The people of the Indus Valley Civilization were among the first to develop standard weights and measures. Excavations at Mohenjo-daro and Harappa, which have been the core of Indus Valley Civilization, shows the evidence of the use of Decimal system as weights related to ratios of 0.05, 0.1, 0.2, 0.5, 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, and 500 have been found. They had also developed Bricks for building blocks in the dimension 4:2:1 which is considered as the most stable dimension.

The Vedas from Vedic Period show the evidences of the use of numbers. Most of the Vedic Period mathematics is found in the Vedic texts that are associated with rituals. Sanskrit is the main language in which all the ancient and medieval mathematical work has been done in India.

Classical Period (400 - 1200 CE)


Classical Period is also known as the Golden Age of Indian Mathematics.  A Golden Age is a period in history relating to any discipline where great tasks have been achieved in that particular field. The Classical period is known as the Golden Age for Mathematics since it is during this period that we saw the great mathematicians such as Aryabhata, Varahamihira, Brahmagupta, Bhaskara (7th Centuary), Mahavira, and Bhaskara (12th Centuary) who gave a broader and clearer shape to many branches of mathematics. Their contributions later on spread to Asia, the Middle East, and eventually to Europe.

Modern Mathematicians 

The most famous among the modern day mathematicians from India is of course none other than Srinivasa Ramanujan, who failed in English for his Intermediate and hence had to discontinue his studies and opted to self study mathematics. Others include the Shakunthala Devi, who again did not have any formal education. P.S. Mahalanobis the famous statistician is remembered for the Mahalanobis Distance, a statistical measure.

Watch for more in these pages for further details on these Mathematicians.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Single Digit Addition

Here is a list of all printable worksheets which can aid Grade 1 students to practice and master addition. Practicing is the best way of gaining expertise in any skill and basic addition is one of the fundamental skills required to be mastered by this growing students. To start practicing, just click on one of the links.The page would open in a new window and can be printed for using. Please make sure to provide your valuable feedback/comments so that we can keep improving.


 

Chapter 1: Picture Addition

Chapter 2: Addition statement

Chapter 3: Picture matching

Chapter 4: Vertical addition

Chapter 5: Vertical addition using 3 numbers

Chapter 6: Decode and add

Chapter 7: Horizontal addition

Chapter 8: Adding fun

Chapter 9: Make number with addition

Chapter 10: Number line addition

Chapter 11: A number more than


 

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Friday, May 3, 2013

The Human Computer


This post is dedicated to Shakunthala Devi who died yesterday at a Hospital in Bangalore. My humble tribute to the great mathematical Genius. May her Soul Rest in Peace.

Shakunthala Devi was born in Bangalore in India. Her father used to work as a trapeze and a lion tamer in a circus. Shakunthala's father who discovered the mathematical wizard in her at the age of 3 while she was doing cards tricks with him. She had to discontinue her studies when her parents could not afford to pay her monthly school fee of two rupees.

Shakunthala Devi demonstrated her calculation skills at the University of Mysore when she was just 6 years old.

Achievements


  •  In 1977, she extracted the 23rd root of a 201 digit number in 50 seconds at an American university. Her answer was verified by a high powered sophisticated computer (UNIVAC 1108). The computer took 62 seconds to confirm that she was right.
  • In 1980 she multiplied two 13-Digit numbers which was supplied to her by the Computer Department of the Imperial College in London. She took 28 seconds to come to the correct answer and this gained her a Guinness Record.


Ambitions and Vision


Shakunthala Devi had the great vision to make mathematics education easy for children. She also wanted to setup a mathematics university in her name. But both of these missions were unaccomplished till her death. She wanted students to research on Vedic mathematics.

Books


Shakunthala Devi authored several books in Mathematics for Children. Here are a few of them.