Written By Saisha Mehra (Grade 4)
My mother tells me always that studies should be an integral part of our daily routine. Like we brush our teeth, take a bath, have food for keeping our body healthy likewise, we must also give a daily supplement of studies to keep our mind healthy. Summer gives us an opportunity to do self-study as we don’t have to go to school. It gives us the opportunity to learn new things from our grandparents each day. This summer my grandmother taught me so many new games, Vedic maths tricks, Hindi tricks, a little bit of Marathi and so many other things. Whenever I asked her, how can she remember so many math tricks so easily? She replied, “From my childhood, the ten numbers and the four signs always fascinated me a lot and when I came to know from my father (grandmother’s father) that ‘zero-0’ was given to the world by an Indian Mathematician, I felt really proud”. This reply made me curious to learn about mathematics and Aryabhata.
So, to know more about the world of fascinating mathematics..read on!
According to Wikipedia, Aryabhata was a legendary mathematician who was born in Kusumapura (present-day Patna) in Bihar, India. At the age of 24, he wrote his famed Aryabhatiya. This book Aryabhatiya was one of the major contributions of Aryabhata. There are 108 verses preceded by 13 introductory verses in the text. It is divided into four chapters: Gitikapada, Ganitapada, Kalkriyapada and Golapada. He was the first to calculate the value for ‘pi’ accurately to the fourth decimal point. He devised the formula for calculating areas of triangles and circles. He calculated the circumference of the earth as 62,832 miles, which is an excellent approximation, and suggested that the apparent rotation of the heavens was due to the axial rotation of the earth on its axis.
So, after reading about Aryabhata and learning Vedic math tricks from my grandmother, I too started liking mathematics. For me now the long exercises are not Pirates; they are like adventurous expeditions like the ones which I feel while reading any storybook. Every numerical is like a high wave which I have to overcome. When I was in class four I used to think that Maths was limited to only three books of mine, but now, as I learn new concepts and use new instruments I understand the vast reach of this subject. All these new concepts have started becoming my friends. I never feel alone when I am with Mathematics. I started solving puzzles and brain-teasing exercises. Mathematics is endless. It is like a ray that has a starting point but no ending point. I am sure with this learning my boat will be able to cross this exciting expedition in the sea of numbers.
Dear friends, if we try to understand the basic concepts of Mathematics, we will be able to not only score good marks in our school exams but also be able to visualise the scientific concepts clearly.
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