Vedic Mathematics
(An ancient Indian mathematics) Introduction
Vedic mathematics talks about mathematics used in India during 500- 1000 BC. Vedic Mathematics is the name given to the ancient system of mathematics which was rediscovered from Vedas in early 20th century by Sri Bharati Tirthaji (1884-1960). According to his research all mathematics is based on sixteen formulae (sutras). These sutras are divided into sub-sutras. With the help of these formulae a student can perform difficult and long calculation in algebra mentally. Vedic mathematics came from Vedic tradition of India. The Vedas are the most ancient record of human experience and knowledge passed down orally for generations and written down about 5000 years ago. Medicine, architecture, astronomy and many other branches of knowledge, including mathematics, are dealt with in the texts. The study of Ganit i.e. mathematics was given considerable importance in Vedic period.
Vedic mathematics & Fast Maths :
"Fast Maths" is a system of reasoning and mathematical working based on ancient Indian teachings called Veda. It is fast, efficient and easy to learn and use. It is being taught in some of the most prestigious institutions in England and Europe. NASA scientists applied its principles in the area of artificial intelligence. And yet, in the country of its birth it languishes as a forgotten science. Vedic mathematics, which simplifies arithmetic and algebraic operations, has increasingly found acceptance the world over. Experts suggest that it could be a handy tool for those who need to solve mathematical problems faster by the day.
In what way Fast Maths Methods are different from Conventional Methods?
Fast Maths provides answer in one line where as conventional method requires several steps.
What is Vedic Mathematics?
Vedic scholars did not use figures for big numbers in their numerical notation. Instead, they preferred to use the Sanskrit alphabets, with each alphabet constituting a number. Several mantras, in fact, denote numbers; that includes the famed Gayatri mantra, which adds to 108 when decoded.
How important is Speed?
How fast you can solve a problem is very important. There is a race against time in all the competitions. Only those people having fast calculation ability will be able to win the race. Time saved can be used to solve more problems or used for difficult problems.
Is it useful today?
Given the initial training in modern math in today's schools, students will be able to comprehend the logic of Vedic mathematics after they have reached the 8th standard. It will be of interest to everyone but more so to younger students keen to make their mark in competitive entrance exams.