1. introduction

An abacus is usually very simple in construction and basically consists of a frame in which

balls are threaded from rods. These balls represent by their position a certain number, i.e.

it is based on a place value system.

The abacus is called the oldest calculating machine, although it is hardly used nowadays.

is used nowadays, sporadically from the Balkans to China. In Austria it is also called the slacker. How to use an abacus?

2. history

The origins are believed to be around 1100 BC in the Indo-Chinese cultural area,

Madagascar or Central Asia. For the today’s, in the European area

the abacus used in Europe today, its cultural origins lie in ancient

Greece, whereby this still had very little to do with the today’s

conception had to do. Likewise, a hand abacus developed in

ancient Rome, which was very similar to the Japanese.

Only by Adam Riese the calculating in the today usual

decimal system became popular and was perfected, so the “zero” was

was cleverly used for arithmetic. And yet, how to use an abacus?

3. different types of Abaki

Russian Abacus

This is called Stschoty, which means calculation.

It was preferred to the pocket calculator until the 90’s, but nowadays it is

but today it can only be found in rural areas.

The arithmetic beads are arranged horizontally, in rows, whereby

the 5th and 6th bead are of a different color.

A particular row contains only four arithmetic beads, although here it is

modern it can be called a joker, for example, to represent a comma.

Historically, it offered the possibility to calculate with quarters.

Chinese Abacus

Also called Suan Pan, it is still used today for learning basic arithmetic

basic arithmetic by children.

Here, the arithmetic beads are arranged in vertical rows

and have a two-part construction, because the frame is divided

by a crossbar into an upper and lower part

Roman hand abacus

Russian Stschoty

Chinese Suan Pan

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separated.

The upper part is called heaven and contains 2 beads, each of which has the value 5 and

the lower one is called earth and contains 5 beads, each of which has the numerical value 1.

Japanese Abacus:

This is called Soroban and is a

further development of the Chinese Suan Pan.

The arithmetic beads are also arranged in vertical

rows, but there is only one bead above the

bead above the bar and four below the bar.

bar.

Here, with the minimum number of

beads, mathematical bundles of 5 are formed,

i.e. here a maximum of arithmetic is achieved with a

with a minimum number of beads.

4. the european abacus

Here the arithmetic beads are arranged horizontally to form

ten rows with ten beads each.

These are thus moved horizontally for arithmetic.

Since a written description of the functioning of a

European abacus contains a lot of pictures and a lot of text

I will not record it here.

But there is a very good video on Youtube about calculating the four basic arithmetic operations with the

the European abacus.

Input: The abacus in the year of mathematics