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Being able to perform arithmetic quickly and mentally can greatly boost your self-esteem, especially if you don’t consider yourself to be very good at Math. And, getting comfortable with arithmetic might just motivate you to dive deeper into other things mathematical.

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This article presents ideas that will hopefully get you to look at arithmetic as a game, one in which you can see patterns among numbers and pick then apply the right trick to quickly doing the calculation.

In this topic our expert trainer Shruti explains how to multiply partially complementary numbers in just one second. After watching this video you will be able to multiply 37×33, 42×48, 134×136 etc…in just one second.

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Let’s say you want to multiply 42 by 48. You notice that the first digit is 4 in both cases. You also notice that the other digits, 2 and 8, sum to 10. You can then use this trick: multiply the first digit by one more than itself to get the first part of the answer and multiply the last digits together to get the second (right) part of the answer.