Secrets of Mental Math

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  • 2011
  • 1 Season

Anyone who is anyone already knows how important it can be on a daily basis to have mental math. The capability is tremendous when you consider how much easier day to day tasks can truly be with knowing the shortcuts and being able to calculate items in your head while on the go. You don't need to be Albert Einstein to learn some of the top mental math secrets, however. What's more, you truly can pick up the tricks that will stay with you for the rest of your life. Mental math won't be difficult for you anymore after this program.

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Masters of Mental Math
12. Masters of Mental Math
January 16, 2011
Professor Benjamin concludes his exciting course by showing how you can use different methods to solve the same problem; how you can find the cube root of large perfect cubes; how you can use the techniques you've learned and mastered in the last 11 lectures; and more.
Advanced Multiplication
11. Advanced Multiplication
January 16, 2011
Professor Benjamin shows you how to do enormous multiplication problems in your head, such as squaring three-digit and four-digit numbers; cubing two-digit numbers, and multiplying two-digit and three-digit numbers. While you may not frequently encounter these large problems, knowing how to mentally solve them cements your knowledge of basic mental math skills.
Calendar Calculating
10. Calendar Calculating
January 16, 2011
The fun continues in this lecture with determining the day of the week of any date in the past or in the future. What day of the week was July 4, 2000? How about February 12, 1809? You'd be surprised at how easy it is for you to grasp the simple mathematics behind this handy skill.
Memorizing Numbers
9. Memorizing Numbers
January 16, 2011
Think that memorizing long numbers sounds impossible? Think again. Investigate a fun: and effective: way to memorize numbers using a phonetic code in which every digit is given a consonant sound. Then practice your knowledge by trying to memorize the first 24 digits of pi, all of your credit card numbers, and more.
The Speed of Vedic Division
8. The Speed of Vedic Division
January 16, 2011
Vedic mathematics, which has been around for centuries, is extremely helpful for solving division problems: much more efficiently than the methods you learned in school. Learn how Vedic division works for dividing numbers of any length by any two-digit numbers.
Intermediate Multiplication
7. Intermediate Multiplication
January 16, 2011
Take mental multiplication to an even higher level. Professor Benjamin shows you five methods for accurately multiplying any two-digit numbers. Among these: the squaring method (when both numbers are equal), the close together method (when both numbers are near each other), and the subtraction method (when one number ends in 6, 7, 8, or 9).
Mental Math and Paper
6. Mental Math and Paper
January 16, 2011
Sometimes we encounter math problems on paper in our daily lives. Even so, there are some rarely taught techniques to help speed up your calculations and check your answers when you are adding tall columns of numbers, multiplying numbers of any length, and more.
The Art of Guesstimation
5. The Art of Guesstimation
January 16, 2011
In most real-world situations: such as figuring out sales tax or how much to tip: you don't need an exact answer but just a reasonable approximation. Here, develop skills for effectively estimating addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and square roots.
Divide and Conquer
4. Divide and Conquer
January 16, 2011
Turn now to the last fundamental operation of arithmetic: division. Explore a variety of shortcuts for dividing by one- and two-digit numbers; learn how to convert fractions such as 1/7 and 3/16 into decimals; and discover methods for determining when a large number is divisible by numbers such as 3, 7, and 11.
Go Forth and Multiply
3. Go Forth and Multiply
January 16, 2011
Delve into the secrets of easy mental multiplication: Professor Benjamin's favorite mathematical operation. Once you've mastered how to quickly multiply any two-digit or three-digit number by a one-digit number, you've mastered the most fundamental operations of mental multiplication and added a vital tool to your mental math tool kit.
Mental Addition and Subtraction
2. Mental Addition and Subtraction
January 16, 2011
Professor Benjamin demonstrates how easily you can mentally add and subtract one-, two-, and three-digit numbers. He also shows you shortcuts using the complement of a number (its distance from 100 or 1000) and demonstrates the uses of mental addition and subtraction for quickly counting calories and making change.
Math in Your Head!
1. Math in Your Head!
January 16, 2011
Dive right into the joys of mental math. First, learn the fundamental strategies of mental arithmetic (including the value of adding from left to right, unlike what you do on paper). Then, discover how a variety of shortcuts hold the keys to rapidly solving basic multiplication problems and finding squares.
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Anyone who is anyone already knows how important it can be on a daily basis to have mental math. The capability is tremendous when you consider how much easier day to day tasks can truly be with knowing the shortcuts and being able to calculate items in your head while on the go. You don't need to be Albert Einstein to learn some of the top mental math secrets, however. What's more, you truly can pick up the tricks that will stay with you for the rest of your life. Mental math won't be difficult for you anymore after this program.

Secrets of Mental Math is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (12 episodes). The series first aired on January 16, 2011.

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  • Premiere Date
    January 16, 2011