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An abacus has beads that slide on rods. It can be used to count, add, subtract, multiply and more.

• the column on the far right is for ones (1,2,3,...)
• the next column is for tens (10,20,30,...)
• the next column is for 100s (100,200,300,...)
• etc
Just like our decimal number system!

Try using the abacus below (in this one the top row is worth 5 of the bottom row):