Frequently Asked Questions
What is Vedic Mathematics?
Vedic Maths is the name given to the ancient system of Mathematics, which was re-discovered from the Vedas by Shri Bharati Krishna Tirthaji. It is based on sixteen sutras and about thirteen sub-sutras, which contain secrets of quick calculations and help in solving mathematical problems mentally.
What is this course all about?
This course “An Introduction to the Principles of Vedic Mathematics” aims at tantalizing students by teaching them simple word-formulae to solve complicated numbers. The idea, initially, is to do away with the negative mindset towards mathematics and create a paradigm shift towards the subject. By creating a curiosity and excitement towards numbers, this course, using various sutras, will offer a fresh and easy approach to number crunching.
How does this course benefit the student?
o By studying this course, ‘difficult’ problems or huge sums can often be solved immediately through methods that are complementary, direct and easy.
o It helps a person solve mathematical problems 10-15 times faster.
o By practicing a flexible, mental system, students can invent their own methods and are not limited to the one ‘correct’ method. This leads to more creative, interested and intelligent students. It makes mathematics easy and enjoyable, & also encourages innovation.
o It helps in Intelligent Guessing (Knowing the answer without actually solving the problem)o The simplicity of this system encourages mental calculations. It is a magical tool to reduce scratch work and finger counting.
o It also increases concentration and develops confidence.
What is the best age to start learning this course?
Any particular Vedic technique should be taught to a student only after he has mastered the traditional way taught in school. An ideal age to start learning this course may be the fifth standard where the student has completely understood basic arithmetic. However, only three levels are sufficient to introduce the student to the wonders of this method. Beyond that, he may well be on his way to self-learning.
How many classes in a week?
One class is conducted in a week, normally during weekends. The batch timings will be such that it does not clash with the school timings.
How is this course different from the abacus technique of calculation?
Today two different ancient methods are available for school students to conquer mathematics. With either of this technique students are able to do large and complex calculations in their head without need of any modern day electronic devices. These techniques are:
- Abacus maths and
- Vedic maths.
Before we indulge straight into the differences let us first know what these two methods are.
Egypt is the origin of Abacus about 3000 yrs ago. It evolved as a calculating device in China, Japan, Mongolia, Taiwan and other Far East Countries. Chinese, Indonesians and Malaysians discovered the utility of Abacus as a tool for developing self-learning skills in children. This was about 30 yrs ago. Abacus use can build confidence, provide a sense of achievement, promote intuitive thinking, enhance problem-solving capability, stimulate creativity and improve concentration and mental endurance.
Vedic Mathematics has no legal definition. Hindu philosophy is based on Vedas (ancient scriptures written in Sanskrit, some say as old as 5000 B.C.) and mathematics translated from these texts is termed as Vedic Mathematics. These ancient scriptures were re-discovered by Sri Bharati Krisna Tirthaji (1884-1960) and he translated the complex text into simpler understandable mathematics.
The system is based on 16 Vedic sutras or aphorisms, which are actually word-formulae describing natural ways of solving a whole range of mathematical problems. Some examples of sutras are “By one more than the one before”, “All from 9 & the last from 10”, and “Vertically & Crosswise”. These 16 one-line formulae originally written in Sanskrit, which can be easily memorized, enables one to solve long mathematical problems quickly. These formulae describe the way the mind naturally works and are therefore a great help in directing the student to the appropriate method of solution.
With Abacus maths, abacus is used as a tool to learn calculations. Beads are moved up and down on various columns to represent the number. When children use both hands to move the abacus beads to perform arithmetic calculations, there is quick communication between the hands and the brain that stimulates both the right and left hemispheres of the brain. This promotes rapid, balanced whole brain development. Abacus maths should be started at very early childhood, as young as age 4. Abacus maths starts at a very basic level by teaching the numbers and then progressing to calculations. Eventually the child retains the memory of bead positions and the relevant notation.
Vedic maths is entirely done in the mind. Vedic maths also starts at a basic level of numbers and gradually progresses to simple additions, subtractions, multiplications and division. Vedic maths goes much more beyond just the basic calculations. With Vedic maths one can also solve complex geometrical theorems and algebraic problems. It can be started at later ages as well without any difficulty.
The key in both techniques is to practice and implement the methods in your day-to-day life.
How many levels are there in all?
There are totally 3 levels.
What is the duration of each level?
The duration of each level is 3 months, i.e., 12 classes.
When does my child get promoted to the next level? Are they certified?
An assessment is conducted at the end of every level. On successful completion of the assessment, your child will be promoted to the next level. Yes, a certificate will be given at the end of every level.