Here’s a great way to help students get two for the price of one. First, they make connections between multiplication and a topic very dear to their hearts: money. That’s because the trick is for multiplying by 25, and in using this trick, you use the fact that four quarters make a dollar. Secondly, students […]

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# Fraction divided by a fraction

Is there any way to make it easier to divide one fraction by another fraction? Read the post and you’ll see that it is possible. Here is a great math trick that makes it easier to divide fractions. Read the post and then try the division trick. You’ll be glad that you did.

# 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.

# Find the GCF — QUICKLY!

Here’s a handy-dandy tip that makes it easier to find the GCF. It gives you an upper limit for the GCF, so you know when you can stop testing numbers and tell the world that you’ve found the GCF.

# Multiplication Trick #4: Multiplying Teen Numbers

Believe it or not, THERE IS a quick way to multiply two numbers together when both numbers are “teen” numbers. In other words, you can do a problem like 14 x 18 fast and just in your head. Here’s how ….

# Exploring Addition Facts

QUESTION: I have been asked to help my grandson memorize the addition tables. If I ask him what is 8 + 5, I watch him doing it in his head. He gets the right answer but takes a long time, which may hurt him later when he is introduced to multiplication. Do you have any […]