I received a comment from Guarav recently about mental maths. He pointed me towards his site Vedicmathindia.org

Here’s what his site claims for vedic maths.

Benefits of High Speed Vedic Mathematics.

High Speed Vedic Mathematics ismore than 10-15 times orthan the normal mathematics. How do we say this? You can test it yourself. We tested a normal student to calculate 998 x 997; he took the time of 85 seconds and did it correctly in the normal way. And then when we taught him theover 1500% times fasterVedic Method of Multiplicationthe same person could do it in about 5 seconds. Not only did this person suddenly becomemore confident, bubbling withenergyandhigh self esteem. He wanted to solve more problems which showed a remarkable increase in his interest in the subject.

High Speed Vedic Mathematics is

10-15 times fasterthan normal Maths.Better and Much

in school andImproved Academic PerformanceInstant Results.

Sharpensyour mind, increasesmental agilityand intelligence.A Complete System comprising all the benefits of

Mental Maths.Develops Left & Right Sides of the brains by increasing visualization and concentration abilities.

Vedic Mathematics cultivates

an interestfor numbers andeliminates the math-phobiapresent in the students.Vedic Maths is easy to understand, easy to apply and easy to remember.

Increasesyourspeedandaccuracy. Become aMental Calculatoryourself.Improves

memoryand boosts self confidence

My reaction to such hype was the application of the Scottish double positive”aye right”

I tried out the tutorial on instant subtractions “all from 9 and the last from 10” – it really works!!!!

Try it out yourself.

Does this have any potential for our children in East Lothian or would it just confuse? – any maths teachers out there?

I think I would have loved this as a child.

Hi Don,

Thanks for this post of yours.

Trust me, Vedic Math works like crazy. When I started it some 7 years back I was sceptical whether it would work or not, cause the book I referred to had made equally tall claims. BUt when I started doing it I realised these skills are amazing. I mean I could do a random 998 x 997 in less than 5 seconds flat and division of any 5 digit number upon a 4 digit number in less than 15 seconds. That too corect to 4 decimal places. Imagine the speed. It was then I decided I should promote this incredible work and started giving workshops across the country.

I Hope this method helps you and others alike.

My VEry Warm Wishes to you.

Gaurav Tekriwal

The Vedic Maths FOrum India

http://www.vedicmathsindia.org

I’m going to stick with ‘aye right’ for now. Having watched a few of the tutorials it seems all they do is apply simple processes that only works in certain situations. I’m not a very good mathematician but I would rather know the first principles and understand why I can piece them together to answer any problem than a few neat tricks that only work when the last number is 5.

That said I’ll remain open minded about it, I’ve only looked briefly at this.

Thanks for this – I’m going to try this out on a few classes this week. It happens to be the Scottish Mathematical Council Conference in Stirling this Saturday, so I’ll run by a few delegates to catch the reaction.

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HI Stuart Meldrum ,

The Examples which I’ve showed on my website are very simple.

The Vedic Methods work for every situation – u can do squares of 2/3 digit numbers in less than 7 seconds or even less. U have a common method which works for all the methods.

U have to remember patterns thats all.

WIshes

Gaurav

I have produced a series of handouts explaining the basic concepts of Vedic Math. These handouts are free and can be accessed at:

public.box.net/VedicMathStudyGroup

If anyone has any questions regarding these handouts, contact me at pensions@mindspring.com.

Rick