I am new this online forum, so hopefully I asked this in the right category. I been writing little math blogs about topics me and my friend like to discuss, most of it deals with concrete mathematics. Its a nice little hobby of mine, I like to research numbers and their patterns when ever I get a chance too. The question that I was wondering is do any of you mathematicians or non-mathematicians ever use the distributive property to do multiplication?
I wrote this article about using the distributive property to do multiplication a while back, and wondered does anyone actually use that method? If you are a none mathematician, how do you find multiplying numbers easier? I wrote this long article on how you could multiply in your head faster, but I not really sure if I can correctly state that it is faster.
To be more clear,
Do you multiply numbers like they teach in elementary school, line by line. Or do you use some other method to do multiplication faster.