Abacuses and Their Use

Abacuses are an important part of our modern world. They are used in everything from currency to civil engineering. There is even a piece of equipment known as a calculator on almost every modern mobile phone. The abacuse is used to help calculate measurements such as circumference, diameters and speeds of objects. Abacuses are not only used for calculating, but they can also be used to measure, weigh and balance things.



The abacus is a calculating instrument that were in usage since ancient times and has continued to be in use well into the 21st century. It was most commonly used in ancient Greece, the Middle East and ancient China. The exact origin of this abacuse is also unknown. However, it may be related to the Greekoglyphic language or hieroglyphic writing.


In addition to being used to calculate circumference, diameters and speeds, abacuses are also used to measure things such as grain, ounces, pounds and even seconds. A few abacuses have a long handle with 2 sharpened points on the end, while others have a short handle that was slightly curved. The rounded end of most abacsuses was probably used to make the sharp ends easier to grip. Abacuses can also be used as a calculator equivalent.


Because abacuses are primarily used as calculating devices rather than for other purposes, they are made in different sizes. The smallest type of abacuse is about the size of a deck of cards. A larger version of this would be required for the purpose of astronomical calculation. Other types of abacuses are available in steel and wood. Wooden calculators tend to be heavier than steel models and are therefore more expensive.


Most abacuses are powered either by batteries or electricity. The calculators themselves are very slim and therefore take up less room. However, some older models may require that the base unit is permanently attached to the wall. There are also some battery operated calculators that are so small that they can fit in a drawer. One great advantage to these calculators is that they can also be used as surveying instruments, such as used for topography and surveying. This feature makes them particularly useful to those who are interested in studying topography at an academic level.


Many of these types of calculators are designed for use in a laboratory environment. However, there are some designs that can also be used outside of a laboratory setting because of their small size. For example, an abacuse is commonly used by surveyors when determining topography or for measuring river width.


There are many different brands of an abacuse, with each one having its own set of features and capabilities. Some of these calculators have an automatic shut-off timer and shut off power after a specified amount of time. Others have a built-in power adaptor so that it can be plugged into mains in order to work in countries that do not have power plugs suitable for their calculators. Some of these instruments can also be connected to a computer and downloaded software. This feature has made the use of such a tool more popular with those who are interested in statistical analysis.


As is the case with any tool, one should take care to properly maintain an abacuse. It is recommended that one store their instrument in a safe place that is out of reach of children and away from liquids. It should also be cleaned regularly to remove all dust and grease. In addition, if a chip appears on the glass of a calculator, it is recommended that it be repaired. This is especially true if the damage is the result of a water leak.