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Secrets of Mental Math

Updated on September 12, 2014

Simple Math Tips That Will Forever Change The Way You Look at Numbers

Can you solve these five problems in your head in one minute?

Mental math involve arithmetical calculations using only the human brain, with no help from calculators or computers. The actual calculations are done in the head, and answers are normally recited or written left-to-right.

People frequently use mental calculation when it is faster or more convenient than other means of calculation (using computing tools like calculators or abacus, or using conventional methods as taught in school), or in a competitive context. Mental math often involves the use of techniques devised for specific types of problems.

There are numerous "schools" of mental math, Trachtenberg Speed Math, Indian Vedic Math, Chinese Mental Abacus and Korean Chisenbop. but they pretty much rely on the same algebraic principles taught using various techniques. They differ mainly in the ways they teach the student how to visualize the technique and remember the rules. For example, Vedic math is based on sixteen cryptic sutras for dealing with mathematical problems.

The MATH-Inic System - Enhance your Children's Brainpower Through Mental Math Exercises

The MATH-Inic systems teaches the best of different mental math techniques and combines them into age-appropriate programs that are fun, fast and easy.

MATH-Inic transforms your children from Math haters to Math lovers to Math to Math masters. It is "Math So Cool" it enhances traditional Math classroom lessons through mental math exercises.

For lucky Filipino children(kinder, elementary and high school) in urban Philippines ( e.g. Quezon City, San Pablo City, Bacolod City, Puerto Princesa City), visit MATH-Inic on Facebook to find the nearest MATH-Inic center.

You could be a math wizard like him! ( the star of this video! )

Secrets of Mental Math - The Mathemagician's Guide to Lightning Calculations and Amazing Math Tricks

For us mere mortals, we can always learn mental math from the masters. World-renowned mathemagician Prof. Arthur Benjamin delivers his Secrets of Mental Math in book, DVD and Kindle formats.

Secrets of Mental Math will captivate you and have you thinking like a math genius in no time.

It shows everyone can learn to do seemingly complex equations in our heads; with just a few easy-to-remember tricks.

Quickly multiply and divide triple digits, compute with fractions, and determine squares, cubes, and roots without blinking an eye. Regardless of age or current math ability, this book will teach you to perform fantastic feats of the mind effortlessly. This is the math you wish you learned in school!

Amaze family and friends with incredible calculations using Prof Benjamins techniques for lightning-quick calculations and amazing number tricks.

Secrets of Mental Math
Secrets of Mental Math

DVD Version.

Mental math classes by Prof Benjamin. If you like the book, you'd love this DVD introducing basic math without a calculator and math parlor tricks that anyone can master.

Think Like a Maths Genius
Think Like a Maths Genius

This is essentially the same book as Secrets of Mental Math, repackaged in a new edition.



If it can not be explained, it must be magic!

The name "mathemagician" was probably first applied to popular math and science writer Martin Gardner, who specialized in recreational mathematics. It has since been used to describe many mathematician/magicians who exhibit amazing feats of mental calculation and mathematics, including Arthur T. Benjamin and Max Maven.

Some say many mathematicians become magicians because proving theorems is similar to inventing magic tricks. Many self-working mentalism tricks rely on mathematical principles.

But like most skills, what appears to be magic or "natural genius" is nothing more than technique. With the right techniques taught in the right order, just about anyone can learn the ancient art of "mental math" and acquire confident calculation skills.

Mental math is easier to learn than you might believe. All you really need are a few basic principles to jumpstart your adventure to mathemagic!

To See is to Believe - The Secrets of Mental Math on YouTube

Watch Prof. Arthur Benjamin explain mental math secrets in very simple layman language.

In the first video, he will teach you in nine minutes how to multiply by two digit numbers by 11, square two digit numbers ending in 5, and square any number.

In the second video he amazes a large crowd by "competing" with four people with calculators, and mentally solves problems faster than they can key in the numbers on their computing devices. He casually mentions he can't compete with calculators in multiplying seven digit numbers, because he can do it in his head, but most calculators can not handle fourteen digit precision!

How to Learn Super Speed Calculation - Cool Mental Math Books on Amazon

Have you ever wondered why some people are so good at arithmetic?

They rarely need calculators, preferring to simply glance at problems and write down the answer, as if by magic. They impress co-workers and employers alike with their rapid math skills and race through math tests.

Learn how to calculate mentally and discover their secrets with these books.

Short-Cut Math
Short-Cut Math

150 time-saving math short-cuts. Faster, easier ways to add, subtract, multiply, and divide. Includes an explanation of the method, a step-by-step solution, the short-cut solution, and proof, as well as an explanation of why it works. No special math ability needed.


Mental Math for Kids - Making Math Fast, Fun ans Easy for Kids

Mental math is also for young kids too! Make your kids learn cool and simple math techniques to amaze classmates, friends and family, and help them in their daily life.

Make calculators and sometimes even pen and paper unnecessary, and let them learn the math can be fast, fun and easy!

Mental Math in the Primary Grades 01614
Mental Math in the Primary Grades 01614

For grades 1 to 3, this book builds mental math skills by promoting understanding of the base ten system through patterns. The 36 lessons include teaching notes, transparencies visuals, bulletin board ideas, blackline masters, and unit tests.

Mental Math, Grade 2: Strategies and Process Skills to Develop Mental Calculation (Singapore Math)
Mental Math, Grade 2: Strategies and Process Skills to Develop Mental Calculation (Singapore Math)

Make math matter to students in grade 2 using Singapore Math: Mental Math! This 64-page workbook follows the Singapore math method to prepare students for learning addition, subtraction, and multiplication.

Arithmetricks: 50 Easy Ways to Add, Subtract, Multiply, and Divide Without a Calculator
Arithmetricks: 50 Easy Ways to Add, Subtract, Multiply, and Divide Without a Calculator

Contains 50 mental math tricks and tips to make math easier and more fun than you've ever imagined. Kids amaze parents by solving basic problems in record time!

will not only amaze you, it will also help you at school and in your daily life. Most of all, you'll have plenty of fun along the way!


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