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First instructable, yay!

In this instructable, I will teach you an easy method I created for multiplying numbers between 1 and 100 with relative ease.

All I ask is that you have a decent understanding of math

Step 1: Pick two numbers

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The first part of this trick requires two numbers. So, pick any two. The trick works a bit better when at least one number is 10 or more. So, for this instructable, I will choose 15 x 19.
 
STEMsheets1 year ago

Great instructable. These free customizable worksheets are great for practicing multiplication: http://stemsheets.com/math/multiplication-worksheets

This is actually how I've always multiplied in my head.
Vedic math is simpler. Say you want to multiply 21 and 23.

21
23

There are the 3 steps:

a) Multiply vertically on the left: 2 x 2 = 4.
This gives the first figure of the answer.
b) Multiply diagonally and add: 2 x 3 + 1 x 2 = 8
This gives the middle figure.
c) Multiply vertically on the right: 1 x 3 = 3
This gives the last figure of the answer.

Final answer = 483

Works for any two 2 digit numbers. Sometime you have to carry numbers but its still easy. You know how you read about people who can multiply huge numbers? This is how they do it.
Gotta say I currently use rapid mental application of the distributive property, however I just started reading some concepts from vedic math, which is very fascinating.
Actually, people who learn to multiply huge numbers usually start by memorizing the multiplication tables up to 100x100.
The other way is easier for me. It's basically just two steps. 23*20=460, 460+23=483
Wow that's cool too. Sometimes the distributive property, used in this instructable, still amazes me.