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# How did the abacus look?

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###### Wiki User

###### November 19, 2007 6:43PM

It has alote of rows with beads in them.

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### How do you make an abacus?

To make an abacus, the first thing to do is to make a frame,
the wooden edge around an abacus. Then add the
separator, the wooden line about 1/3 at the top and 2/3 at
the bottom. And then start making the coloum for the
beads. Your abacus will then look excactly like this
original Chinese abacus picture:
Frame: the wooden edges around an abacus
Separator: the wooden line that stretches from the left to
the right side of the abacus which separates the top and bottom
part of the abacus
Coloumns: the thin wooden sticks which holds the
beads
Beads: The rounded wood for counting
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###### Asked in Computer History, Math and Arithmetic

### What was the significance of the abacus?

An abacus is used as a tool to train children how to perform
complex mathematical operations quickly and efficiently. One of the
advantages of an abacus is that it gives a color coded physical
representation of a number system. This allows a student proficient
with an abacus to eventually start performing mathematical
operations in his/her head as they can visualize how the abacus
would look if they were to perform the operation physically. The
abacus has another positive use as it is a good teaching tool to
help blind students learn math.
It is significant because it was the precursor to the modern
calculator. It is a portable device that can be carried on person
to perform mathematical operations without the need for a writing
instrument or paper.
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abacus

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