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Vedic Mathematics Sutras As An Alternative Mathematics System

By Trevor Johnson

For those who are completely in the dark, Vedic mathematics sutras are derived from ancient Hindu scriptures and texts. Currently, it is considered as an alternative mathematics system compared to modern mathematics. That said, it is being introduced into modern day teaching because it helps students to cope with large numbers easily. It’s essentially a good way to handle numbers that you’d otherwise instinctively reach out for a calculator.

Nowadays, many schools and even universities use Vedic Mathematics as an alternative mathematics system to modern mathematics. Modern mathematics has fixed methods and allows the usage of calculators. In the case of Vedic Mathematics, it is flexible and encourages the usage of mental arithmetic, trigonometry, geometry and others.

This could help develop the brain of children. Such flexibility also gives the chance to students to think of their methods to solve mathematical problems. The Hindu religious texts and scriptures or Vedas were written based on the visions or connections of Hindu sages, saints or seers with the universe during their mediation or solitary phases.

The first person responsible to make the necessary research and present this application in a way that can be understood is Sri Bharati Krishna Tirthaji. He wrote that there sixteen sutras and sub-sutras in Vedic Mathematics. He was proficient in of Sanskrit, Mathematics, History and Philosophy.

His book, Vedic Mathematics was released in 1965. This book caught the interest of many mathematicians from the Western world. Today, it is taught as an alternative mathematical system in many schools in London, India and other countries. It’s certainly worth looking into if this article has piqued your interest in this area of math.

Some of the sixteen sutras are called as Vertically and Crosswise, Transpose and adjust, By addition and by subtraction and By the completion or non-completion. Currently, much research is still being done to find easy applications of Vedic Mathematics in subjects like calculus, geometry and computing. Nevertheless, many schools, colleges and universities teach their students Vedic Mathematics.

Contrary to some of the more rigid ideas of modern mathematics, Vedic mathematics gives an opportunity for the students to find their own methods instead of simply following the set methods. In other words, it is flexible. It also uses mental calculations. It’s worth looking into, even in these days of calculators and spreadsheets. Apart from anything else, it will give you a handy check as to whether you’ve typed in the right numbers. So it would have been handy for those scientists who used the wrong units and crashed that probe into Mars.

Discover more about using vedic mathematics sutras and make your math problems easier!

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