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The origin of the abacus is not certified by many of the historians. They still argue about the exact origin of the abacus. Some of the historians say that the Chinese first introduced the abacus and some speak in the favor of the Babylonians. It is said that the abacus was first used about 5000B.C. 

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The first abacus used was not in the shape we see them today. It was a smooth simple surface on which the sand was spread and working was done using the stylus or the finger. Pebbles were also used instead of sand.


The counting was done with the help of reference to the pebbles. The concept underlying the abacus is that one set of objects standing in for objects in another set and also a concept of a single object standing for a collection of objects-positional notation.


A simple concept underlying the calculation procedure was most responsive to the primitive needs of the people. People from the past needed to keep the record of their assets especially their livestock. For this purpose they used stones, each stone represented one animal and number of stones in the piles represents the whole lot of livestock




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Comments

HOW TO LEARN ABACUS
Comment posted by: OMKAR KALE on 2009-01-02T07:03:48
i want to know hw to use the abacus
Comment posted by: venkateswara gupta j on 2009-02-23T12:45:29
How to learn the Abacus in the point of view mathematics, provide the information.
Comment posted by: Narendra A. Thaware on 2009-01-13T14:36:34
My son is aged 9 years studying in 4th class.
A daughter appearing 10th class.I would like to know whether abacus helps them in any means,if so please let me know the way of getting it...thanks.
Comment posted by: mas on 2009-04-05T10:34:42
I want to learn how to use the Abacus.I am a civil engineering student.
Comment posted by: Richard Omani-Mensah on 2009-09-22T13:19:39
The art of solving arithmetic calculation using abacus has become a common activity. The training is provided by different organisations. My children do it from UCMAS - Universal Concept of Mental Arithmetic System. With practice, this helps the child to visualise the beads and therefore use his/her right brain.
Comment posted by: Anuja on 2009-11-07T03:20:26
how to use abacus
Comment posted by: laxmi daga on 2010-02-15T04:25:07
Hello sir,
how to use and how to learn ABACUS?
Comment posted by: BASAVARAJ.K on 2010-01-11T02:22:24
pls explain us by example showing 3 digits abacus model with the help of beeds
Comment posted by: mukesh on 2010-06-20T15:05:34
I would love learning to use abacus. The abacus is one of histories greatest tools.
Comment posted by: Robert degrazzi on 2011-02-09T13:23:12


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