Ever wondered if there’s a quick way to multiply two numbers in the teens, like:

**14 x 17**, or **18 x 16**?

Turns out, there is. Stick around a minute, and you’ll learn it. Let’s try it for:

**18 x 16**.

The trick involves doing two operations with the numbers in the ones place of the teen numbers. The numbers in the ones place are **8** (in the ones place of 18) and **6** (in the ones place of 16).

First, **ADD** the two digits in the ones place.

8 + 6 = **14**.

Take that sum, **14**, and add it to** 10: ** 14 + 10 = **24**.

Tack a zero on to the end. **24** becomes **240**. (Keep that number in mind.)

Next **MULTIPLY** the two digits in the ones place:

8 x 6 = **48.**

Now just add this product, **48**, to the **240.
240 + 48 = 288.**

That’s the answer. This may seem a little tricky and a little weird, at first, but it gets easy after a few times. Trust me …

O.K., fine, don’t trust me. But just try it one more time, with 14 x 17, and see for yourself.

4 + 7 = 11. 11 + 10 = 21.

21 becomes **210**.

Then 4 x 7 = **28**, and 210 + 28 = **238**.

That’s all there is to it.

Now try these:

a) 13 x 16

b) 12 x 17

c) 14 x 19

d) 12 x 19

e) 13 x 14

f) 17 x 18

g) 19 x 17

h) 15 x 19

j) 16 x 17

k) 18 x 19

Answers:

a) 13 x 16 = 208

b) 12 x 17 = 204

c) 14 x 19 = 266

d) 12 x 19 = 228

e) 13 x 14 = 182

f) 17 x 18 = 306

g) 19 x 17 = 323

h) 15 x 19 = 285

j) 16 x 17 = 272

k) 18 x 19 = 342

Comments on:"How to Multiply Two Teen Numbers — FAST" (2)Hasaid:Wonderful trick!

I wonder if there is a proof for the validity of this method?

Thanks!

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joshturtlesaid:Yes, there is a proof.

To understand this proof, it helps to view the multiplication of any two 2-digit numbers in an interesting new way.

Take a problem like 18 x 16.

First, view each number as the sum of its two digits. In other words, view 18 as

[10 + 8], and view 16 as [10 + 6].

Once you do that, you can view 18 x 16 as the same as [10 + 8] x [10 + 6]

O.K., now if you recall the concept of F.O.I.L, from Algebra 1, you’ll remember that it gives you a way to multiply using the pattern: Firsts, Outers, Inners, Lasts. Sound vaguely familiar?

Using this pattern of F.O.I.L, from algebra, you can now look at the product of

[10 + 8] x [10 + 6] as a four-part process:

Firsts give you 10 x 10 = 100

Outers give you 10 x 6 = 60

Inners give you 10 x 8 = 80

Lasts give you 6 x 8 = 48

Add up those four sub-products, and you get 248, the answer to 18 x 16.

O.K., fine you say. But what does that have to do with the trick I offered?

Well, everything, if you think about it.

Think for a moment about the part of the trick that asks you to add the 6, 8, and 10 to get 24, then tack on a 0, to get 240. In terms of F.O.I.L, this is the same as the first three steps: the Firsts give you 10 x 10 = 100; the Outers give you 10 x 6 = 60; and the lasts give you 10 x 8 = 80. Add up those products and you get 240, which is the same thing you get in the trick: 24 with a 0 at the end: 240.

Then the last step, multiplying the 6 x 8, gives you the 48, and that is the last step of F.O.I.L: the step where you multiply the “Lasts,” the 6 x 8.

So essentially, the trick I have explained is just a shortened form of doing F.O.I.L. for multiplication with teen numbers.

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