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Video:Tricks for Multiplying by 9

with Zoya Popova

Multiplying by 9 is easy with these helpful tricks. Learn three ways to learn how to solve multiples of 9.See Transcript

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Transcript:Tricks for Multiplying by 9

Hi, I'm Zoya Popova for About.com, and today I'm going to tell you about tricks for multiplying by 9. Learning the multiplication table can be hard, so having shortcuts is very helpful.

Multiply by 9 with the Subtraction Trick

When we multiply 9 by any single-digit number, our product will consist of two digits. The first digit will be that number minus 1. For 5x9, the first digit of the product will be 5-1=4. The second digit of the product will be 9 minus the first digit. So, for 5x9, the second digit will be 9-4=5. 5x9=45.

For 9x9, the first digit will be 9-1=8; and the second digit will be 9-8=1:9x9=81. For 3x9, the first digit will be 3-1=2; the second digit will be 9-2=7:3x9=27.

Multiply by 9 with the Hands Trick

Another method that works for multiplying by 9 is very “hands on”. It uses your own fingers. Imagine your fingers are numbers from 1 to 10. To multiply any number by 9, hold down the finger that represents that number.

For instance, to multiply 2 by 9, hold down your second finger. Now, count the fingers before and after it. We have 1 finger before our second finger and 8 left after it. So the answer will be 18. Let's say we're multiplying 5x9. Hold down your fifth finger. Now, we have 4 fingers before it and 5 fingers after it. The result is 45.

Multiply by 9 with the 0 Trick

And a final shortcut for multiplying by 9 goes like this. To multiply any number by 9, write a zero after that number and then subtract that number from the result. 6x9 is 60-6=54. In the same fashion, 4x9 will be 40-4=36.And those are the tricks for multiplying by 9.

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