A. Answer the following questions in a sentence or two. B. Answer the following questions in about 80 – 100 words. C. Match the words with correct Synonym and Antonym from the table.

**A.
****Answer the following questions in
a sentence or two.**

**1.
Why did the students laugh at Ramanujan?**

Ramanujan asked a silly
question, "If no banana is distributed among no one, will everyone still
get one banana" in the class. So the children laughed at him.

**2. Why
did the teacher compliment Ramanujan?**

The teacher complimented
Ramanujan for asking a question that took centuries for mathematicians to
answer.

**3. What
did Ramanujan do after reading the book on Trigonometry?**

Ramanujan mastered the book
and also began his own research.

**4. What
disappointed Ramanujan’s father?**

Ramanujan failed twice in
his first year arts examination in college because he neglected History,
English, Physiology. This disappointed his father.

**5. How
did Ramanujan manage his paper crisis?**

Ramanjan started using even scraps of paper he found lying on the streets. Thus he managed his paper crisis.

**6. Why
were Ramanujan’s application for jobs rejected?**

No one could understand what was written in the note books.
Ramanujan showed to prove his mathematical skills. So, his applications for
jobs were rejected.

**7. Why
was Ramanujan sent back to India?**

Ramanujan was sent back to
India because he was suffering from an incurable Tuberculosis.

**B. Answer the following questions in about 80 – 100
words.**

**1. Describe
the life of Srinivasa Ramanujan in India.**

**Lesson :** : From zero to Infinity

**Author :** Anonymous (Biography of Ramanujan)

**Characters** : Ramanujan, Classmates, Teachers and Ramanujan's Father

**Theme :** Inborn intelligence with diligence leads to excellence.

Srinivasa Ramanujan was born on December 22, 1887. He was born
in Erode, Tamil Nadu. His father was a petty clerk. He was a prodigy from
childhood. He was ahead of his teachers. He also taught his senior students.
When he was 13, he got Loney's Trigonometry from library. He made his own
research. He secured first class in Mathematics. He was given Subramanyan
scholarship. But he failed twice in Arts. His father was upset. Ramanujan
needed money for food and papers. He started using paper scraps. His notebooks
impressed the Director of Madras Port Trust, Francis Spring. He gave him job.
His salary was ₹22 / month. Later he got research fellowship. He had no degree.
But the Madras University gave him fellowship of ₹75.

**“There is no great
genius without some touch of madness.**

**2. Narrate
the association of Ramanujan with G.H. Hardy.**

**Lesson **: From zero to Infinity

**Author **: Anonymous (Biography of Ramanujan)

**Characters **: Ramanujan and G.H. Hardy.

**Theme :** "Fellowship happens when mercy wins over justice"

Ramanujan sent a letter to G.H. Hardy with 120 theorems and
formulae. Soon Hardy and Littlewood discovered a mathematical genius. They
arranged for Ramanujan's travel for Cambridge University. He found it hard to
stay. He was a elected fellow of the Royal Society on February 28, 1918. He was
the youngest Indian to receive this. In October, he was the first Indian to be
elected to Trinity College, Cambridge. His achievements were Hardy Ramanujan
Littlewood circle method. Due to Tuberculosis, he came to India. To forget the
pain he again played with numbers till he died.

**“A good
communication is the best medicine for healthy association”.**

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**Synopsis:**

• Introduction

• Early childhood and education

• Turning point in his life

• Frayed note books

• Genius in Maths

• Ramanujan and Hardy

• Sickness

• Conclusion

**Introduction:**

This lesson "From Zero to Infinity" is a biography of
Ramanujan. He was an Indian mathematician. He lived during the British rule in
India. He is one such prodigy. His knowledge of mathematics was extraordinary.

**Early childhood and
education:**

Ramanujan was born in Erode on December 22, 1887. His father was
a clerk in a cloth shop. At the age of 13, he was able to get Loney's
Trigonometry book. He mastered this difficult book. He began his own research.
He came forth with many mathematical theorems and formulae.

**Turning point in
his life:**

Ramanujan used to do problems on loose sheets of paper or on a
slate. He jot the results down in notebooks. One of his senior students showed
him synopsis of elementary results in pure applied mathematics book by G.S.
Carr. He began work on the problems given in it. This book triggered the
mathematical genius in him.

**Frayed note books:**

Mathematical ideas came to his mind like a flood. He was not
able to write down all of them. He noted down in three note books. They are
known as Ramanujan's Frayed note books.

**Genius in Maths:**

Ramanujan got a first class in Maths. But he failed in arts
subjects. His father found him scribbling numbers. He thought he had gone mad.
He had no money. He needed money to buy papers to write. He would visit
offices. No one gave him a job. The director of Madras Port Trust gave him a
critical job.

**Ramanujan and
Hardy:**

Ramanujan had sent a letter to the mathematician G.H. Hardy of
Cambridge university. In that letter he set out 120 theorems and formulae. Hardy
called Ramanujan to Cambridge University. Ramanujan found himself a stranger.
He had to cook his own food. Inspite of the hardship he continued his research.
He was elected fellow of Royal society. He was the youngest Indian to receive
it.

**Sickness:**

While Ramanujan continued his research, he suffered from
Tuberculosis. It is an incurable disease. His health became too worse. He
became very thin and weak. So, he was sent back to India.

**Conclusion:**

Ramanujan had unbearable pain. But he did not stop his research.
His life and achievement proves to be an inspiration for the young Indians.

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AVERAGE STUDENTS:__

**Title :** From zero to Infinity

**Author** : Anonymous (Biography of Ramanujan).

**Theme** : Inborn intelligence with diligence leads to excellence.

Ramanujan was born in Erode on December 22, 1887. At the age of
13, he was able to get Loney's Trigonometry book. He mastered this difficult
book. He used to do problems on loose sheets of paper or on a slate. He jot the
results down in note books. Mathematical ideas came to his mind like a flood.
He was not able to write down all of them. He noted down in three note books.
The director of Madras Port Trust gave him a clerical job. Ramanujan had sent a
letter to the G.H. Hardy of Cambridge University. In that letter he set out 120
theorems and formulae. Hardy called Ramanujan to Cambridge University.
Ramanujan found himself a stranger. Inspite of the hardship he continued his
research. He suffered from Tuberculosis. But Ramanujan continued his research.
His health became too worse. Later he was sent back to India. His life proves
to be an inspiration for the young Indians.

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BLOOMERS:__

• Ramanujan was born in Erode.

• He was genius in Maths.

• At the age of 13, he got Loney's Trigonometry book.

• He mastered this difficult book.

• He jot the result down in note books.

• The director of Madras Port Trust gave him a job.

• He sent a letter to G.H. Hardy.

• Hardy called him to the Cambridge.

• Life at Cambridge was not easy.

• He suffered from Tuberculosis.

• Later he was sent back to India.

**C. Match the words with correct Synonym and Antonym from
the table. **

__Answer:__

**Word : Synonym ×
Antonym**

1. distribute : circulate × collect

2. infinite : boundless × measurable

3. significant : important × trivial

4. delight : joy × sorrow

5. unkempt : messy × clean

6. initiate : commence × conclude

7. conjecture : guess × fact

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