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Abacus Calculator

  • #: 13119
  • Price: $0.99 In Apple Store
  • Category: Education
  • Updated: 2010-08-26
  • Current Version: 1.0.1
  • 1.0.1
  • Size: 1.10 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller: Nicoladie Tam
  • Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.2 or later
  • © 2010 IntelligeSoft.com
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Chinese abacus calculator for counting arithmetic.

Now you can exercise your arithmetic with this virtual abacus as one of the most ancient calculators invented by the Chinese.


• 24 rainbow bead colors (12 shiny bead colors and 12 matt bead colors) for iPad

• 12 shiny bead colors for iPhone

• 12 rainbow frame colors for iPad

• Matt or shiny bead texture for iPad

• Addition and subtraction arithmetic

• 8-digit precision

• Decimal system

• Great educational tool to teach arithmetic as counting beads for kids too

• Chinese abacus version has the advantage of the carry digit for carrying-over arithmetic compared to the Japanese abacus version.

How to calculate using the abacus:

• Each column of beads represents a decimal digit.

• Arithmetic calculation starts from right to left digits.

• The 2 beads in top rows represent digits 5 and 10.

• The 5 beads in bottom rows represent digits 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.

• For addition, top-beads move down while bottom-beads move up.

• For subtraction, top-beads move up while bottom-beads move down.

• Numbers are represented by the beads centered between the horizontal middle bar.

• E.g.:

• Move 3 bottom-beads up = 1 + 1 + 1 = 3.

• Move 1 top-bead down = 5.

• Move 1 top-bead down & 3 bottom-beads up = 5 + (1 + 1 + 1) = 8.

• If 5 bottom-beads moved up, it is carried-over to the top-row, i.e., 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 = 5. At this point, move one top-row bead down to represent 5 (carry-over) while restore the original 5 bottom-row beads by moving them down (because 5 is already represented by the top row bead as the "carry" digit, you need to subtract 5 from the bottom beads so you won't double-count the 5).

• Similarly, when the top 2 beads are moved down, i.e., 5 + 5 = 10, it will carry over to the next digit (next left column). So you add one bead to the adjacent left bottom-column, and restore the original 2 top-beads back up (because it is already carried over by the left digit, you need to subtract the original beads so you won't double-count the 10).

What's New in Version 1.0.1

Universal iPad/iPhone version

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