While many people are math whizzes, a lot of us can use all the help we can get figuring out fractions, percentages, and really anything math related. However, what most of us non-math people don’t know is that there are tons of tricks that make seemingly complicated math problems into breezes.
There are tricks for everything from simple ways to divide fractions to figuring out the day of the week for any date in history. And anyone can do them, even those not so math-inclinded. Here are eleven of the cleverest tricks that will help non-math people do math.
Zorro it! (backwards)
Draw lines to keep track of where you are in your figuring. In this example, first, divide 24 by 4 (it’s 6). That’s line one. Then multiply 6 by 3. That’s line 2. Line 3 is the answer.
Large Number Multiplication
With this trick you can multiple any number under 100 in your head with ease.
Find The Day
With this method, you can determine the actual day of the week from any date.
Who knew doodling butterflies could be so helpful with fractions?
Easy Temperature Conversion
Use this guide to quickly and easily convert temperatures, without using any paper.
This ingenuous hack will let you remember those pesky pi numbers by just remembering a sentence.
Multiplication on Your Fingers
This may be a little tricky to get the hang of at first. But once you do, it makes multiplying 6 through 10 simple!
This little trick makes figuring out percentages a snap!
Greater Than/Less Than
This trick will guarantee you never mix up these symbols again.
Magics of 9s
Your eyes aren’t deceiving you. Multiples of 9 from 6 to 10 are just the reverse of 1 through 5.
Multiplying by 11
Never groan when you see you need to multiple by 11 again. Just use this easy trick.
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