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Ancient Tool Actively Used in Modern Times

Chances are you won’t always have a calculator with you when you need to calculate, that is when Abacus comes to your rescue.

The Abacus provides countable beads for children to visualize numbers on a base-10 system. The children learn to manipulate those beads to perform arithmetic calculations such as addition and division.

What is an Abacus?


Etymology

The word is derived from the Greek word ‘abax’, meaning “calculating board” or “calculating table”.


Chinese Invention

The first Chinese Abacus was invented around 500 B.C. The Abacus, as we know it today, was used in China around 1300 A.D.


First Computer

Often referred to as the first computer, the Abacus is an instrument used to add, subtract, multiply and divide, to calculate fractions and square roots.


Usage

It is still commonly used today across certain Asian communities.