Vedic Mathematics is the collective name given to a set of sixteen sutras (formulas) from the Vedic period in India from 1500 to 800 B.C. These sutras were originally written in Sanskrit and are built on the foundations of rigorous logic, thereby helping to guide and hone the human mind into approaches of logical reasoning. By learning these sutras, students will get to know the various ways of solving a math problem mentally and quickly.
The Sixteen Sutras
The sixteen sutras of Vedic Math are given in word form such as “By one more than the one before” or “Vertically and Crosswise”. They describe ways of using the mind, thereby giving direction to the mind, enabling the mind to solve algebra, geometry, calculus and other complex mathematical problems. Vedic Math concepts are simple to apply and as a result, answers can be obtained in one line or even mentally, thereby greatly expanding the thinking ability of the mind.
The advantages of Vedic Math are immense and these are:
- Through mental work, mental agility improves and the capacity to hold ideas in the mind increases.
- Mental work also improves concentration and memory skills.
- Rote learning of the multiplications tables are dispensed with.=
- It enables faster calculations and enables the students to use it as a check and balance tool to the conventional method.
- The use of mental work reduces the need for fingers counting.
- It is easy to learn as the techniques are simple, direct and easy to remember.
- The focus on patterns and relationships in numbers help students to understand Math concepts better and faster.
- Vedic Math is extremely coherent and unified, hence it encourages innovation among the better students while its simplicity enables the weaker students to understand the basic concepts of Mathematics.
Meet our Vedic Guru
Ken Williams, Chief Academic Advisor
As our Chief Academic Advisor, Ken brings a world of experience to Math Monkey. As an educator in the U.K. and the conductor of over 100 workshops and presentations on Vedic Math in London, Oxford and Cambridge, Ken boasts a multitude of experience in the field of mathematics education.
Ken has been studying Vedic Math since 1971 and has dedicated his academic career to researching and further developing Vedic Math. As the author of several books on the topic of Vedic Math, Ken is widely regarded as a guru on this subject. In 2000, he created the correspondence course that is the basis for the Math Monkey curriculum.
Ken’s credentials include:
- University of London-University College London honours graduate
- Guest lecturer at over 100 engagements and presentations on the topic of Vedic Math, including symposiums at London, Oxford and Cambridge Universities
- 35 years of experience as a teacher serving several sixth form and post-secondary institutes within the U.K.
The Math Monkey curriculum is the materialization of Kenneth Williams’ studies. The Math Monkey Knowledge Centers themselves are the embodiment of the shared goal of Kenneth Williams and the Math Monkey Leadership Team, advanced math instruction and understanding available to all.