Abacus Illustration

The Abacus
Ancient China for Kids


The "Chinese abacus is a simple device for performing mathematical calculations. Known as the Fifth Invention of Ancient China, the abacus can perform addition, subtraction, division and multiplication; it can also be used to obtain square roots and cubic roots."

It was invented during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644)


The Abacus for Kids

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The Abacus

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