When we think about or discuss the details and benefits of mathematical games, we immediately assume that they are meant for growing children in assisting their brain power development. The truth is many of the mathematical games could be used by adults also for enhancing their brain capabilities, improve memory retention and recollection, and increase processing speed in any kind of situation.
Mathematical games presented by many websites as online brain games range from simple mathematical problems to deep and complicated ones, some of them remaining unsolved even now. Mathematical games could be categorized as basic number games, plain and complex geometrical puzzles, combinational problems, and network-based brain games.
Mathematical problems are believed to have started since the time human settlements took place on earth. One mathematical puzzle, known as papyrus, had been accepted as belonging to the ancient Egyptian culture and written around 1850 BC. The puzzle is “There are seven houses in a place, in which seven cats live. Each cat had killed seven mice. The ears of grains eaten by each mouse in these houses are also seven. Every single ear of grain could have produced wheat amounting to seven hekats. What would be the total of all these items?”
Similarly, ancient Greeks also presented several classical mathematical puzzles, with many of them by the famous mathematician and scientist, Archimedes. The book known as ‘The Sandreckoner’ contains such mathematical brain games, with the ‘Cattle Problem’ being the most popular among them. The solution to the problem is a number with an unbelievable 206545 digits. Another great mathematician of the past was Fibonacci, whose book, ‘Liber Abaci’ was written in 1202. His principles are applied today in many online brain games, as well as by operators in stock markets and currency markets.
The online brain games based on mathematical puzzles offered by nearly all the websites in this field can be categorized as counter and board games, card games, domino games, coin games, pencil and paper games, and scissors and paper games. Board games involve pieces or counters that are placed on the board, moved across the board, and removed from the board. The most basic board games known to everybody are checkers and backgammon. The modern online board games include Scrabble, Monopoly, and Risk. Such online board and counter games would be highly beneficial both for children, as well as for adults in improving brain power.
The online numbers games and geometric puzzles are highly interesting exercises. We might think what could be the great thing about additions, subtractions, multiplications, divisions, and basic geometry. That is underestimating the power of mathematics in improving our brain power. For example, many of us would not be able to multiply beyond 12×12 or 16×16. If you could multiply a 3-digit number by another 3-digit number in your brain and present the answer, you could guess how much brain power you possess. This is easily possible with practice. Similarly, familiarizing yourself with geometrical and trignometrical patterns and solving puzzles involving them improve your brain power tremendously. Such puzzles are available in large numbers in online brain games.