July 10, 2014 Issue 4

# Stories from MSC Alumni, Exploring the MSC Campus, and Multiplying by 11

After our call last week for MSC Alumni to tell us their stories, we received numerous emails with testimonials and stories about how their MSC experience helped them in their careers:

We also received feedback from former scholars and some parents:

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Tell us your stories! Be proud of your MSC days!

Leave a reply or write to newsletter@msc.edu.ph to tell us where you are now, or to tell us about your MSC memories!

On Dec. 4, 2014, we will be celebrating our 25th Foundation Day. In line with this, we have lined up many activities leading up to the Foundation Day celebration. We invite all to forward and share this newsletter 25 Math Short Cuts to friends in the MSC community to disseminate information about the event. Every week, we will also feature a very useful math technique, a bit of MSC history, and MSC today.

If you have an interesting MSC story, please share it with us by writing to newsletter@msc.edu.ph

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Booklat Isip, Inc. aims to build community reading rooms – a Silid Booklatan – in every barangay in the Philippines. MSC Institute of Technology, Inc. and Kiwanis Club of Buklod-San Pablo are community partners for Silid Booklatan-San Pablo City.

MSC high school and technical-vocational students regularly devote time to keep the Silid Booklatan premises clean and its wide array of reading materials organized

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Silid Booklatan San Pablo and community partners MSC and Kiwanis Club promote reading by providing venues, reading materials, activities and support.

Once when I was with my brother Rene’s Balikbayan family in the dried fish market in Taboan, Carbon, Cebu City, we bought some “danggit” and “pusit.”

As we were concluding the transaction, Manang Vendor exclaimed: *“Ang Galing Mo Sir!”*

Unexpectedly, I realized that Mental Math is always useful, even when haggling with dried fish vendors!

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We have busy bees exploring the MSC Green Campus. Specifically, we have a very Busy V (let us agree to use the name Veronica, to refer to this Busy V) doing the exploring, and documenting the rich flora and fauna found in the garden campus through her special blog site Busy Bees.

Moth, science and computing?

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? It is an arctiid moth (looks similar to Alona lactinea) in the MSC Campus!

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it is a moth found in the MSC Green Campus!

Our Busy V reminds us that it is almost Moth week! ( yep, Moth, not Math ) with this beautiful moth picture.

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Can your child mentally calculate problems like these in less than one minute?

a. 456 + 997 =

b. 400,000 – 83,629 =

c. 73 x 77 =

d. 112 x 104 =

e. 476 x 999 =

Even a grade school student can mentally solve these after only a few hours of MATH-Inic classes!

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MATH-Inic is a series of special Math courses that combines the best of speed arithmetic and mental math techniques to enhance math learning. It introduces fun, fast and easy ways of computing Math problems and enriches traditional Math classroom lessons through new solving techniques.

Some people consider the first three shortcuts too easy, since they involve only addition and subtraction. But one must admit, any multiplication beyond the simple multiplication table is really cool and amazing, and done with some showmanship, is in the realm of the Mathemagical.

Multiplication with a power of 10 is trivial ( just add zeroes, right? ), so let us proceed to the simplest multiplication trick – Multiplying by 11.

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**Previous Issues**

**In the Next Issue**

- 25 years of MSC ( more stories )
- The Other MSC Story ( know your fractions )
- MSC 5 – Multiplying by 2

Every week, for 25 weeks up to December 4, 2014 when we celebrate our 25th Foundation day, this newsletter will feature one math short cut. We will progress from the simplest to the simple. Believe you can do it! Just proceed one step ( short cut ) at a time, and be pleasantly surprised to discover none of the math short cuts are difficult! Forward this newsletter to your friends, relatives, and young kids.

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