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Dr. Jai Maharaj

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Astrologers' and carpenters' tricks will help you crack math
Posted: Sep 1, 2013 10:13 PM
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Carpenters’ tricks will help you crack maths

By Mithosh Joseph
The Hindu
August 31, 2013

[Caption] Easy Maths. Photo: S. Ramesh Kurup

Kozhikode - Sudheesh Minni, a young mathematics teacher
from Vadakara, has came out with a self-learning book
that incorporates the traditional calculation methods of
carpenters and astrologers.

Mathematics is a hard nut to crack for many a student,
and the challenge before teachers is to arouse the
interest of students through easy and entertaining
methods. Faced with the situation, Sudheesh Minni, a
young mathematics teacher from Vadakara, tried several
methods and finally came out with a self-learning book
which unravels the secrets of learning mathematics in an
entertaining way.

Unlike ordinary math-learning tools, Mr. Sudheesh has
tried a totally different method, which incorporates the
traditional calculation methods of carpenters and
astrologers. The technique, explained in the form of easy
exercises, helps students make problem-solving in
mathematics, including addition, subtraction,
multiplication and average calculation, an exhilarating
experience. A student can solve the exercises himself.

“Ancient traders and carpenters did calculations quickly
and properly. Their process of additions and subtractions
were logically fit and accurate, but we ignored those
traditions,” says Mr. Sudheesh.

He points out that the Indian method of addition and
subtraction were done by ‘Sankalana Vyavakalanabhyam’
sutra, which carries out addition and subtraction

An easy exercise given in the book is sufficient to
kindle one’s curiosity to mine further. Finding the
answer for the problem — 63+42+34+52+43-36 — will be a
quick tool to explain the method. At first, add the right
side digits of all numbers to be added (3+2+4+2+3) and
then subtract the last right side digit (6).

The answer will be 8. In the next step, add the left side
digits of all numbers to be added (6+4+3+5+4) and deduct
the left side digit of the number to be subtracted (3).
The answer will be 19. When we write together both these
figures in the left and right side, the final answer will
be 198. Several similar interesting tools are explained
in the book. The book titled ‘Easy Maths’ has five
levels, and Mr. Sudheesh plans to publish all of them
within two years. Request has been forwarded to the
Central Board of Secondary Education to consider the
scope of including the new work in the school curriculum
in such a way to help students from Class V to XII.

“For preparing the book, I have spent several hours in
discussion with carpenters and astrologers. To
incorporate their techniques in a scientific way, I
referred works including ‘Vasthusasthram,’
‘Aryabhadeeyam,’ ‘Leelavathi’ and ‘Brihat Samhitha,” says
Mr. Sudheesh. He has made some corrections in the book
taking into account students’ suggestions. Thousand
copies of the book have been distributed among the
students on an experimental basis and according to Mr.
Sudheesh, the work is evoking a very positive result. For
details, call: 96458 24103.

Keywords: Vadakara mathematics teacher, Sudheesh Minni,
traditional Indian mathematics, carpenters and
astrologers maths

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