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# Foreign maths techniques? watch

1. Hi

This is my first time on the student room and although I'm not sure that this is the correct section to post my question I thought that it would be the best place to get the answers that I'm after.

My maths teacher is Portuguese and has taught me to factorize using "The Loom Diagram". He is adamant that it is the best method even though it is not commonly used in the UK.
While surfing the web today I found out about a method used by the Japanese to do simple maths with ridiculously large numbers on an abacus (called Soroban). eventually the Japanese kids who learn this eventually become so good that they no longer need the abacus and can instead visualize it and solve these sums in their heads.
I am now determined to learn this and have ordered a Soroban abacus from amazon but I'm also keen to learn about other mathematical techniques that haven't reached the UK.
If anybody knows any interesting methods that they would be kind enough to share I would be very grateful.

Thanks
2. There are lots of unique ways to do simply mathematical operations like addition and multiplication.

You might want to buy a book called "Alex's Adventures in Numberland" which is by the person who did the multiplication in the video above. It showcases lots of mathematical ideas and methods.

I've got this book, and it makes for fun reading.
3. (Original post by 0x2a)
There are lots of unique ways to do simply mathematical operations like addition and multiplication.

You might want to buy a book called "Alex's Adventures in Numberland" which is by the person who did the multiplication in the video above. It showcases lots of mathematical ideas and methods.

I've got this book, and it makes for fun reading.
Thanks for the quick response, I've actually come across this method before but I'll definitely give the book a try.

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