VEDIC MATHEMATICS NEWSLETTER
ISSUE No. 35
A warm welcome to new subscribers.
Vedic Mathematics is becoming increasingly popular as more and more people are introduced to the beautifully unified and easy Vedic methods. The purpose of this Newsletter is to provide information about developments in education and research and books, articles, courses, talks etc., and also to bring together those working with Vedic Mathematics. If you are working with Vedic Mathematics - teaching it or doing research - please contact us and let us include you and some description of your work in the Newsletter. Perhaps you would like to submit an article for inclusion in a later issue or tell us about a course or talk you will be giving or have given.
If you are learning Vedic Maths, let us know how you are getting on and what you think of this system.
This issue’s article is a reply to the letter sent on June 30, 2003 by Dr L M Singhvi, President of the World Academy of Vedic Mathematics, which was featured in the last newsletter. This is a very positive and encouraging response and is written by Professor R.D. Shukla, Head of Department of Education and Mathematics within NCERT (the National Council for Education, Research and Training, in India).
LETTER FROM NCERT
I received the letter of Dr L. M. Singhvi addressed to our Director, Prof. J. S. Raiput sometimes back in connection with Vedic Mathematics. I am really grateful to Dr Singhvi for his academic support and encouragement to NCERT and its faculty. The comprehensive letter addressed to Director gave a lot of information to us regarding Vedic Mathematics and its various dimensions. Dr Singhvi also gave the references of the work going on at international level in the field of Vedic Mathematics. In his letter, he mentioned that we should contact you in this connection, and, therefore, I am writing this letter to you only.
As you might be aware, NCERT undertook renewal of school curriculum from classes I to XII and completed the textbooks in three phases. Renewal of mathematics textbooks of different stages is also complete by now. Vedic Mathematics as such, is not an integral part of school curriculum/textbooks and schools as such are not using Vedic Mathematics as part of their curriculum. However, we are interested that Vedic Mathematics should be used as a computational tool in view of its powerful methods of calculation. This was the reason why we were interested that mathematics should be included in the National Curriculum for School Education. At the same time, we want that Vedic Mathematics should be optional and gradually introduced in school system not as a matter of prescription but as a necessity. NCERT being an advisory body for MHRD and State Government in matter of school education cannot force the states or any school/institution in the country to adopt any course related to mathematics. No doubt, an effort is going on to popularise Vedic Mathematics by developing supplementary reading materials under our series, “Reading to Learn” at school level. The Veda Bharati, Hyderabad is developing a supplementary book on Vedic Mathematics which is expected to be a popular Vedic Mathematics book and can be used by schools.
We shall be constantly in touch with you and extend all academic support in this your academic endeavour particularly relevant to Vedic Mathematics.
WORKSHOP IN KOLKATA
The World Academy of Vedic Mathematics has arranged an Introductory workshop on Vedic Mathematics on 14th Dec at the Chinmaya mission hall in Kolkata. The workshop will be conducted by Debmalya Banerjee. It will start at 10:30 a.m. and end at 01:00 p.m. This event has been highlighted in the Times News Network under the caption “Numbers, the Swift Way”.
For details and registration one can contact MLBD, Kolkata Centre at 2282-4872.
WORKSHOPS IN PUNE
A Vedic mathematic workshop will be held in Aundh Branch of Tej Gyan Foundation on Sunday 28 Dec 20043 from 10.00 am to 5.00 p.m. There will also be an introductory seminar on Saturday 27 Dec from 6.00 pm to 8.00 pm at the same premises.
These workshops will be conducted by Mrs Rajeshwari Sharma and are being jointly organised by World Academy of Vedic Mathematics & Tej Gyan Foundation in PIMPRI at Pune (A Spiritual organisation in Pune). The persons to be contacted are the following for registration :
1) Krishna Iyer (Mobile # 94225-00577)
2) Rupali # 444-0777 (Home) or 94225-00632
3) Santosh Bhansali # 94220-02149
The organisers intend to proceed further to Panchgani (near Pune) to give Introductory sessions at
Sanjeevan Schools .
PRESENTATION AT FREUDENTHAL INSTITUTE, HOLLAND
There will be a talk on Vedic Mathematics at the Freudenthal Institute in Holland as part of the Dutch National Mathematics Days 6th, 7th February 2004. More details later.
TEACHERS VM CLASS IN AUSTRALIA
Vera Stevens in Australia has just completed a one week teaching trip to Armidale and
Taree in New South Wales to teach teachers. The class participants were all fascinated and interested in vedic maths and hopefully will begin teaching it in their departments.
WORKSHOPS IN PUNE SCHOOLS
N. I. E (Newspaper in Education) of Times Of India has fixed VM workshops in Pune for 4 days in lot of schools in November 17th to 20th. The timings for these events are around 8.30 or 9 a.m in the morning until at the most 4 p.m in the evening.
WORKSHOPS IN INDIA BY RAJI SHARMA
My workshops (there were 2 of them) at Rajkot (Gujarat state) were attended by about 200 participants. They were mainly students from std.8 onwards and many teachers from secondary, higher secondary and junior college levels. There was a lot of interaction. The teachers, especially some of them attended both the sessions and were very interested in the various applications in multiplications, squaring and cubing, polynomial divisions, etc. Some teachers wanted to know how to get the children to feel interested in maths. I emphasised the fact that if the children were given the freedom to think in different ways, given the idea that any problem could be logically approached in multiple ways, the very flexibility would make any child feel that maths is interesting. After the workshop they agreed that VM was indeed very interesting as well as fun to work and apply. Some senior students eagerly asked about general cube roots as well. I gave them the methodology briefly due to shortage of time. Each workshop was for 9 hours, yet, it was not enough.
Some std.XII students wanted guidance in differentiation and integration problems. I gave for 30 minutes, guidelines for them and they were very pleased. I am very glad that I have generated a lot of interest among the teaching fraternity as well as the students in Vedicmaths.
DIVISION BY 11
Here is a good way of doing division by 11, from Dr Abhijit Das…
34573 / 11
this is the way I write and work it out...Writing the first digit under the second, subtract the two and write it under the third and so on. If the last digits i.e. the one above and the one below are not the same, then that is the remainder. Vinculums are placed as usual.
3143 and the answer is 3143
On the other hand 67564/11
6142 remainder 2
I think if you write is like this it is very easy to work it out.
The beauty of the method is it works universally for any division with or without a remainder.
34567 / 11
3142 rem 5
657123 / 11
6 5 7 1 2 3
6 1* 8 7*9 rem 6* = 59738 + rem5
An article, "Rekenen met sutra’s", by Marco Swaen, has appeared in the Dutch journal for mathematics teachers: ‘Pythagoras’, Nov 2003.
An article by Rajendra Jain has appeared in DPS (Delhi Public School) News, May-July 2003. It is entitled “Maths with a Smile, The Vedic Style”.
Two articles by Kenneth Williams are published in the new book “Glimpses of Vedic Mathematics” by Dr S. K. Kapoor. They are entitled ”The Sutras of Vedic Mathematics” and ”The System of Vedic Mathematics”. They will be made available on the website www.vedicmaths.org soon.
REVIEW OF FUN WITH FIGURES EBOOK
An excellent review of “Fun with Figures” has been written by Laura Ramirez. The review is at www.vedicmaths.com and the book can be obtained at http://funwithfigures.com. Laura Ramirez is the author of Family Matters Online Parenting Magazine. Her articles feature insights into the core issues that today's parents face and offer a unique mix of Native American thought and child development. Subscribe by going to: http://www.parenting-child-development.com.
COMMENT ON VEDIC MATHS BOOK
I bought your books on Triples and Astronomical Applications, from MLBD. I am at the moment pursuing the book on triples. I like it very much. In fact I noticed the mathematics of addition , subtraction of angles using triples. It makes the laborious proofs and steps needed for the derivations using coordinate geometry (as is usually done nowadays) look superfluous. It is so simple and easy to understand. It is simply enjoyable. Thanks for all the ideas you have put forth because it has opened up vast vistas for imagination.
FROM DR RAAJ IN SINGAPORE
My website at www.tridentplus.com is up and running after many unexpected delays and problems. The Vedic Maths part of it is 90% up. The rest of the site involving other areas is still under construction. Please take note of the Project Eyeball newspaper article and 2 video clips.
World Academy for Vedic Mathematics – contact details
Registered Address: Vishwa Punarnirman Sangh, Raval Bhawan, Near Telankhedi Garden, Nagpur-440 001, India
Tel # 255-0906 / 253-1363 / 254-5637
Contacts in other Cities in India :
b) Mumbai: # 24923526
d) Bangalore: School of Ancient Wisdom, Tel # 768-2181 / 82 or 558-6837
f) Chennai: # 24982315
Your comments about this Newsletter are invited.
Previous issues of this Newsletter can be copied from the Web Site: www.vedicmaths.org
Some articles from previous newsletters are:
Issue 1: An Introduction
Issue 2: "So What's so Special about Vedic Mathematics?"
Issue 3: Sri Bharati Krsna Tirthaji: More than a Mathematical Genius
Issue 4: The Vedic Numerical Code
Issue 6: The Sutras of Vedic Mathematics
Issue 7: The Vedic Square
Issue 8: The Nine Point Circle
Issue 11: Is Knowledge Essentially Simple?
Issue 14: 1,2,3,4: Pythagoras and the Cosmology of Number
Issue 16: Vedic Matrix
Issue 17: Vedic Sources of Vedic Mathematics
Issue 18: 9 by 9 Division Table
Issue 19: “Maths Mantra”
Issue 20: Numeracy
Issue 21: Only a Matter of 16 Sutras
Issue 22: Multiplication on the Fingertips
Issue 23: India’s System of Mental Mathematics
Issue 24: The Sign of Nine
Issue 25: Maharishi’s Vedic Mathematics
Issue 26: Foreword
Issue 27: Mathematics with Smiles: the Vedic Way
Issue 28: The Absolute Number
Issue 29: Report on India Tour
Issue 30: Vedic mathematics – excerpts from research paper
Issue 31: Why Vedic Mathematics?
Issue 32: Kolkata Workshop – an Overview
Issue 33: Report on Vedic Mathematics Workshop
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7th December 2003