In his first algebra class last year, Mani Chadaga slumped low in his front-row seat and pretended to read his new textbook intently, reported the Pioneer Press.
Soon, he was piping up with solutions to the teacher's questions and standing before his stumped classmates, explaining how he arrived at them.
"He literally taught the rest of them the entire problem," teacher Alex Ford said. "He could stand in front of a room full of eighth-graders and describe the solution to problems with poise and confidence and perfect mathematical reasoning."
The Pioneer Press reported within weeks of starting first grade, Mani had moved up to fourth-grade math. In the spring, he worked on the fifth-grade math textbook in the evenings. Over the summer, he tackled the sixth-grade textbook, at the rate of two to three hours at a time, seven days a week.
According to the Pioneer Press, Mani excels in other areas besides math. He has written about 100 sonnets, on nouns, soccer, his little sister, bad haircuts and a frog named Blep. He recently researched patent law on the Internet in preparation for upcoming inventions.
"There are so many possibilities," he said. "I haven't even found the mathematics I am the most interested in."