Archive | Multiplication

Secrets of the Calculator, Part 1

Calculators can be great assistants when doing math. Unfortunately many students are unaware of the capability of many calculator keys. This is the first in an occasional series of posts that will help students learn how to make better use of the calculator.

Times Tables, Learning the Threes

Learning times tables can seem like drudgery. But here’s a fun, rhythmic game approach to learning the threes. Try it and see if you don’t have success.

Multiplication Trick #5 — Multiply Two-Digit Numbers by 11

There’s a quick and easy trick for multiplying two-digit numbers by 11. Dazzle your friends, amaze your family, begin your career in show-biz … o.k., maybe not show-biz, but still this is a pretty cool trick. Check it out!


November 2008 Problem of the Month: finding an alternative way to represent a number using nothing more than a few candles. Use number theory and flexible thinking to find a way to show the number. There’s a prize for the person who answers most quickly.

Multiplication Trick #2 — Multiply by 15 FAST!

Here’s a great trick that helps you quickly multiply by 15. It’s handy for many real life situations, such as when you need to calculate a 15% tip at a restaurant. It involves nothing more than simple math. Try it, and then watch as your friends and family gaze in amazement.