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Math Help - Hello! - I am thick....

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    Hello! - I am thick....

    I am trying to learn how to multiply large numbers in columns in my head as in

    1593
    x 762
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    But I keep getting it wrong. Would anyone be so nice as to look at the attachments in this post and figure out how stupid I am being, then tell me the right way to do it? I was getting on ok with my workbook up until this point. It goes ok when I do like 76 x 43 but when I go into triple digits or more I just get it plain wrong all the time. Now I know i could use a calculator but that would not be cultivating true Math skills.

    Please help. I'm from Essex you know....
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    Re: Hello! - I am thick....

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    Colour coded step by step guide to long multiplication.

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    Re: Hello! - I am thick....

    Quote Originally Posted by cybertutor View Post
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    Colour coded step by step guide to long multiplication.

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    Hey cybertutor thanks a lot for that, really kind of you!
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    Re: Hello! - I am thick....

    Quote Originally Posted by cumulusjames View Post
    I am trying to learn how to multiply large numbers in columns in my head as in
    1593
    x 762
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    I'm from Essex you know....
    1593 * 2 = 3186
    1593 * 6 = 9558; add a "0": 95580
    1593 * 7 = 11151; ass 2 "0"'s : 1115100

    3186 + 95580 + 1115100 = 1,213,866

    Get my drift?
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    Re: Hello! - I am thick....

    I still keep getting these wrong . I get the first 2 lines right but the last one wrong. You see the course I have started does not have this in, and I have been getting on ok with that. But I feel it has to be important to be able to do multiplication, addition, subtraction and division in this manor to consider yourself a competent mathematician.

    Maybe I am worrying for nothing because none of the text books I have bought go into any great detail on how to do this if at all. I cont see how I could even dream of mastering Differential Equations and that stuff if I cant do this.

    I shall keep at it.
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