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## What are bead strings in maths?

A maths resource that usually consists of 10, 20 or 100 beads on a string, grouped by colour. They allow children to move the beads whilst counting and visualising groups of ten.

### How many beads does a string have?

Below is a table with string lengths and bead sizes.

String Length | Bead Size | Approx. Number of Beads on the String |
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12″ | 10mm | 30 |

12″ | 12mm | 25 |

16″ | 4mm | 102 |

16″ | 6mm | 68 |

**What are the value of beads?**

BEAD VALUES: Each bead in the upper deck has a value of 5; each bead in the lower deck has a value of 1. Beads are considered counted, when moved towards the Beamâ€” the piece of the abacus frame that separates the two decks.

**What are beads?**

A bead is a small, decorative object that is formed in a variety of shapes and sizes of a material such as stone, bone, shell, glass, plastic, wood or pearl and with a small hole for threading or stringing. Beads range in size from under 1 millimetre (0.039 in) to over 1 centimetre (0.39 in) in diameter.

## How do you measure bead hole?

For beads that are a briolette, teardrop or melon shape – the length is used as a measurement from the top to the bottom (perpendicular to the string/cord) of the bead and the width is measured from one end of the bead hole to the other (parallel to the string) from the widest part of the bead.

### How many beads are in one strand?

Remember that 1 inch = 25.4mm. Multiply the length of the strand by 25.4, and divide by the size of the beads in millimeters….

Bead Size | Strand Length/Number of Beads |
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4mm | 16” strand, 102 beads, knotted makes 20-inch long necklace |

**How do you count beads?**

Because the concentration of beads is known, the number of cells per microliter (the absolute count) is obtained by relating the number of cells counted to the total number of fluorescent bead events. The cell number is then multiplied by the number of total fluorospheres per unit of volume.