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Marmalade_Man`s Fantastic Math Tricks
Copyright Vic Evans, 1996-2013, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED


Multiply Up To 20x20 In Your Head   Multiply By 11
Multiply By 11 Expanded  9 X Rule
Square a 2 Digit Number Ending In 5   Square a 2 Digit Number
Multiply By 4 Multiply By 5  

Multiply Up to 20X20 In Your Head

In just FIVE minutes you should learn to quickly multiply up to 20x20 in your head.  With this trick, you will be able to multiply any two numbers from 11 to 19 in your head quickly, without the use of a calculator.

I will assume that you know your multiplication table reasonably well up to 10x10.

Try this:

  • Take 15 x 13 for an example.
  • Always place the larger number of the two on top in your mind.
  • Then draw the shape of Africa mentally so it covers the 15 and the 3 from the 13 below. Those covered numbers are all you need.
  • First add 15 + 3 = 18
  • Add a zero behind it (multiply by 10) to get 180.
  • Multiply the covered lower 3 x the single digit above it the "5" (3x5= 15)
  • Add 180 + 15 = 195.

That is It! Wasn't that easy? Practice it on paper first!


Want to Learn More?

The one book I recommend

May be out of print

"Super Math-E-Magics"
by V.A. Stephen Lenaghan

It may be available from or one of the other online sellers of used books

The 11 Rule

You likely all know the 10 rule (to multiply by 10, just add a 0 behind the number) but do you know the 11 rule? It is as easy! You should be able to do this one in you head for any two digit number. Practice it on paper first!

To multiply any two digit number by 11:

  • For this example we will use 54.
  • Separate the two digits in you mind (5__4).
  • Notice the hole between them!
  • Add the 5 and the 4 together (5+4=9)
  • Put the resulting 9 in the hole 594. That's it! 11 x 54=594

The only thing tricky to remember is that if the result of the addition is greater than 9, you only put the "ones" digit in the hole and carry the "tens" digit from the addition. For example 11 x 57 ... 5__7 ... 5+7=12 ... put the 2 in the hole and add the 1 from the 12 to the 5 in to get 6 for a result of 627 ... 11 x 57 = 627
Practice it on paper first!


Finger Math: 9X Rule

To multiply by 9,try this:
(1) Spread your two hands out and place them on a desk or table in front of you.
(2) To multiply by 3, fold down the 3rd finger from the left. To multiply by 4, it would be the 4th finger and so on.
(3) the answer is 27 ... READ it from the two fingers on the left of the folded down finger and the 7 fingers on the right of it.

This works for anything up to 9x10!


Square a 2 Digit Number Ending in 5

For this example we will use 25
  • Take the "tens" part of the number (the 2 and add 1)=3
  • Multiply the original "tens" part of the number by the new number (2x3)
  • Take the result (2x3=6) and put 25 behind it. Result the answer 625.

Try a few more 75 squared ... = 7x8=56 ... put 25 behind it is 5625.
55 squared = 5x6=30 ... put 25 behind it ... is 3025. Another easy one! Practice it on paper first!


Square 2 Digit Number: UP-DOWN Method

Square a 2 Digit Number, for this example 37:
  • Look for the nearest 10 boundary
  • In this case up 3 from 37 to 40.
  • Since you went UP 3 to 40 go DOWN 3 from 37 to 34.
  • Now mentally multiply 34x40
  • The way I do it is 34x10=340;
  • Double it mentally to 680
  • Double it again mentally to 1360
  • This 1360 is the FIRST interim answer.
  • 37 is "3" away from the 10 boundary 40.
  • Square this "3" distance from 10 boundary.
  • 3x3=9 which is the SECOND interim answer.
  • Add the two interim answers to get the final answer.
  • Answer: 1360 + 9 = 1369

With practice this can easily be done in your head.

Thanks To Ryan


Multiply By 4

To quickly multiply by four, double the number and then double it again.
Often this can be done in your head.


Multiply By 5

To quickly multiply by 5, divide the number in two and then multiply it by 10.  Often this can be done quickly in your head.


The 11 Rule Expanded

You can directly write down the answer to any number multiplied by 11.
  • Take for example the number 51236 X 11.
  • First, write down the number with a zero in front of it.


    The zero is necessary so that the rules are simpler.

  • Draw a line under the number.
  • Bear with me on this one. It is simple if you work through it slowly. To do this, all you have to do this is "Add the neighbor". Look at the 6 in the "units" position of the number. Since there is no number to the right of it, you can't add to its "neighbor" so just write down 6 below the 6 in the units col.
  • For the "tens" place, add the 3 to the its "neighbor" (the 6). Write the answer: 9 below the 3.
  • For the "hundreds" place, add the 2 to the its "neighbor" (the 3). Write the answer: 5 below the 2.
  • For the "thousands" place, add the 1 to the its "neighbor" (the 2). Write the answer: 3 below the 1.
  • For the "ten-thousands" place, add the 5 to the its "neighbor" (the 1). Write the answer: 6 below the 5.
  • For the "hundred-thousands" place, add the 0 to the its "neighbor" (the 5). Write the answer: 5 below the 0.
    That's it ... 11 X 051236 = 563596
Practice it on paper first!


Some Math/Education/Parent/Kid Links

A GREAT Small Friendly ADHD Support Group:
Math Baseball
Curious Math
Web-Schooling(Great Study Resources)
Dave's Math Tables
Students on the Net: Free Resources
Pedagonet - Learning Resource Center
Computer Lessons for Children and Young Adults
Mr. Titen's: More Than Math Page
Kid Safe Portal To The Internet

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