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or how maths could be simple for arithmetic strugglers. Clever people in history, namely Chinese, Mayas or Greek have developed fantastic and creative ways  to calculate, multiply... in short: how to tackle Mathematics with creativity. Lets' check on the first example: Multiply large numbers by using a simple "line"-trick.
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Vedic Mathematics is the name given to the ancient system of Mathematics which was rediscovered from the Vedas between 1911 and 1918 by Sri Bharati Krsna Tirthaji (1884-1960). According to his research all of mathematics is based on sixteen Sutras or word-formulae. For example, 'Vertically and Crosswise` is one of these Sutras. These formulae describe the way the mind naturally works and are therefore a great help in directing the minds to the appropriate method of solution.

Since we have "Audio Devices" / the eyes/, we are naturally focused on graphics and pictures. So the assumption is clear: Abstract digits prepared in graphics are easier to understand :) True, you could do this without drawing lines, but I think this algorithm is a nice way to visualize the relationships between the different place values.

Do you have any tricks to visualize maths or any other complicated matter? Let me know, share your knowledge. 
Well - some people are realy fast in calculating without any help of a calculator - any lines or whatsoever. And I mean really fast. Have a look at this guy, Arthur Benjamin, the one I would have loved to have as my maths and science teacher. For sure, I would have discovered my love for calculating, and would have passed my maths classes with an ease! So enjoy a man who simply calculates in his head for the sheer joy of mathemagic :)

Faster than a calculator | Arthur Benjamin | TEDxOxford

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Worksheet "Multiply faster with lines" 
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