Cool math tricks

This unit is dedicated to showing you a variety of cool math tricks that can help you tackle some basic math problems with speed and great accuracy. We start with a math trick that you can use to square a number easily and fast.

Take a close look at the figure below! It shows how you can use a cool math trick to square a two-digit number much faster than the traditional way of doing it. 

The goal is to rewrite one of the numbers being multiplied so that it will have 1 or more zeros.

Cool math tricks

At this point, there may be one thing that you may not quite understand. Why did we add 42 to 10 × 18 ? Keep reading as we show you the math behind it!

10 × 18 = (14 - 4)(14 + 4)

10 × 18 = 14 × 14 + 14 × 4 - 14 × 4 - 42

10 × 18 = 14 × 14 + 56 - 56 - 42

10 × 18 = 14 × 14 - 42

Now, all we have to do is to add 42 to both sides of 10 × 18 = 14 × 14 - 42

10 × 18 + 42 = 14 × 14 - 42 + 42

10 × 18 + 42 = 14 × 14 (Here we go!)

In general,

Let X and c be a natural number. If X + c or X - c gives a number that has 1 or more zeros, then you can multiply X by X easily using the equation  X2 = (X + c)(X - c) + c2

Here are a few more interesting and cool math tricks!

Multiplying by powers of ten
Learn to multiply by powers of ten the easy way with these useful shortcuts tricks

Multiplication by 11
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Squaring numbers ending with five
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Finger multiplication
Easy, straightforward, and quick multiplication with your fingers!

Number trick with 1089
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Compensation
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