What is Abacus

The ABAX is a Greek name, which means calculating board or calculating table. The Chinese Abacus was invented during the Yuang Dynasty, 1280-1368 A.D (3000 years ago). Abacus is referred to as the first computer; it is used to add, subtract, multiply and divide, as well as figuring fractions and square roots.

Abacus is a mechanical aid used for counting. The use of Abacus in teaching children simple mathematics gives marvellous results. Abacus is an excellent tool for memorisation of multiplication tables. Abacus is an excellent substitute for teaching other base numbering systems since it easily adapts itself to any base with little modifications. Abacus does not actually do the computing, as today’s calculators do. It helps children to keep track of numbers as they do the computing. Children who are good at Abacus can often do calculations quickly as a person who is using a calculator. Abacus is now accepted and practised in several countries China – principally, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore, India, and countries in Middle East. This helps children to get better in all areas where learning is required.