Mathematics Seminar to look at abacus

The Grand Rapids Community College Mathematics Department will host its first Mathematics Seminar of the 2013 – 2014 academic year on Wednesday, September 18, 3:00 – 4:00 PM in 107 Cook.  Our presenter, GRCC Mathematics Instructor Nancy Forrest, will speak on the history and use of the Chinese abacus.  Please see the title and abstract for more information. 

The mathematics in this seminar will be accessible to all, and the combination of a historical overview with hands-on experience should provide a great experience for those who attend.  Everyone who is a part of the GRCC community is welcome.    

 Pop and cookies will be served at 2:45 PM.

 Abacus 101

The Chinese abacus has been used to calculate and record numbers for over nine hundred years. This introduction to its use will include an overview of the rich history, as well as instruction on how to perform basic mathematical operations. There will be a hands-on opportunity to use the abacus … no batteries needed!

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