Are you able to multiply 996×994 in less than 5 seconds in your head, without using the calculator? A new branch of mental math has recently been revealed — Vedic Mathematics. Many of you may have not heard of it, but it has the potential to revolutionize mental arithmetic and how we view mental math.
A new branch of mental math has recently been revealed – Vedic Mathematics. Many of you may have not heard of it, but it has the potential to revolutionize mental arithmetic and how we view mental math.
Have you ever wondered about those mental math geniuses who could spit out answers faster than a speeding calculator and how they did it? Ask yourself this, “Can you multiply 994×996 in less than 5 seconds in your head, without using the calculator?” Many ordinary people, short of being a math savant, would be stumped by this mental math impossibility.
In our modern age of computers and calculators, a lot of people have shied away from developing skills of mental math, in particular, the basic methods of mental arithmetic. Which school-going pupil hasn’t asked, “Yes, very mental math is very cool math, but why do I need to learn that? I can use my calculator!” This is a valid reason, by the way, one that really puts a teacher on the spot. And that is just the beginning. Learning tables, multiplying and dividing by hand, are in danger of becoming a chore instead of a challenge. Who wants to waste their time mastering a complex mental skill that a machine can do in a fraction of the time? Is tedious mental math ever going the way of the dinosaurs?
Vedic Math was recently discovered in ancient India. It was only discovered after ancient Vedic Sanskrit texts (from thousands of years ago) were decoded. Vedic Math is a brand new way of mental calculation. It offers a never before seen angle and an alternative to challenge the present system of mental math strategies. Some of the Vedic Math mental formulas and methods are so brilliant that it has caused a storm in recent years among math experts. Its methods are becoming more and more acceptable in the mainstream math communities.
Vedic Mathematics is attractive for a good many reasons. It is extremely easy to learn, it is effective and it is gratifyingly simple. Simply brilliant. As it can achieve spectacular results in a relatively short time, it encourages and motivates the learner to learn. Ask yourself, what better incentive to learn your tables than to find you can beat your calculator at its own game? At first glance, these may seem like math tricks, more a part of old-fashioned rote-learning than a route to better fundamental understanding. However, the real magic of Vedic Math is that, by offering so many choices, it encourages budding mathematicians to analyze their sums so as to find the easiest way to a solution.
Since there is no one right way to solve a problem, finding the most suitable ‘mental math trick’ leads the learner gently towards an original mathematical way of thinking. Vedic Math is non-restrictive, and it is all about looking for patterns and ways to simplify a problem. This leads to a flowing, flexible approach and develops excellent lateral thinking skills.
There is an element of mystery in the nature of Vedic Math and its origin. In the words of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the famous spiritual guru to the Beatles and founder of Transcendental Meditation, “Vedic Mathematics is the structuring dynamics of Natural Law; it spontaneously designs the source, course, and goal of Natural Law–the orderly theme of evolution”
If you approach Vedic Math with a ready passion about the beauty of mathematics, you will find this alternative approach fascinating territory. Math is fun with Vedic Math! Vedic Mathematics forms a useful platform to speed up mental arithmetic calculations dramatically. Many of the methods involve neat algebraic proofs. Even as you read this, more strategies are being uncovered as more and more research is being carried out. How much more can Vedic Mathematics offer to mankind? The world awaits with bated breath.
For more information and to learn more about the new mental math strategies and download a free Vedic Math ebook, visit: http://www.vedicmathematicssecrets.com
Posted On: Singapore, SG February 13, 2008