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**Monox D. I-Fly****Member**- Registered: 2015-12-02
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Quite yes. A suanpan can show a maximum number of 15 in a rod whereas a soroban can only show 9.

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**bobbym****bumpkin**- From: Bumpkinland
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That is a nice feature but the basic operation still remains the same?

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**Monox D. I-Fly****Member**- Registered: 2015-12-02
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Almost, though suanpan is more complicated due to being able to represent 10 in one rod.

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**bobbym****bumpkin**- From: Bumpkinland
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With all due respect to the ancients, I will stick with the computer for doing calculations.

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**David****Member**- From: Bumpkinland
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bobbym wrote:

With all due respect to the ancients, I will stick with the computer for doing calculations.

I'll stick with the computer too... Specifically M.

Meaningless, meaningless, Everything is meaningless! - Ecclesiastes 1:2

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**bobbym****bumpkin**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi;

I'll stick with the computer too... Specifically M.

I am glad you think that way. If you learn programming through M you will be much better off than I was learning all those procedural languages first and then trying to move to M. Unfortunately my laments are not helping Monox D. I-Fly get an answer to his question.

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**Monox D. I-Fly****Member**- Registered: 2015-12-02
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Unfortunately I was asked to write a book about abacus, not programming language.

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**bobbym****bumpkin**- From: Bumpkinland
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I will keep looking.

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**Monox D. I-Fly****Member**- Registered: 2015-12-02
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Thank you.

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**bobbym****bumpkin**- From: Bumpkinland
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Take a look at this for the original question:

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**Monox D. I-Fly****Member**- Registered: 2015-12-02
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Thank you. Now I am looking about how to operate fractions on abacus for the last chapter.

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**bobbym****bumpkin**- From: Bumpkinland
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You could leave out the decimals and compute them as whole numbers. For instance:

(1 / 5)(1 / 8) = (.2)(.125) = 2(125)/10000

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**Monox D. I-Fly****Member**- Registered: 2015-12-02
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I heard that it can operate fractions without leaving the decimals first, though.

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**bobbym****bumpkin**- From: Bumpkinland
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You can use the formula:

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**Monox D. I-Fly****Member**- Registered: 2015-12-02
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How can we input it to the abacus?

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**bobbym****bumpkin**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi;

You are right, I do not know what I was thinking.

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**Monox D. I-Fly****Member**- Registered: 2015-12-02
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Me, neither.

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