June 12, 2014 Issue 1

## 25th MSC Foundation Day

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. One initiative is this newsletter, **25 Math Short Cuts**. Every week, we will feature a very useful math technique in this Newsletter. This Newsletter will be available to all – to MSC/MATH-Inic students/parents/faculty, MSC Alumni, your friends and relatives. We encourage you to forward this newsletter to anyone who you think would benefit from it. Just click here to subscribe, or just send an email with “Subscribe” on the subject line to msc@msc.edu.ph . Read more….

## MSC Scholarships

In MSC, we believe in bringing out the best in every student and make each one a life long learner. We are passionate about teaching **Math, Science and Computing**. We believe that we should help deserving students get the quality education despite financial difficulties. Hence we, philanthropic individuals and institutions join hands in providing scholarships to as many students as possible. Read more…

## 25 Math Short Cuts

Everyone can learn math short cuts. We launched the **MATH-Inic** program because we believe everyone, from pre-school children to the young at heart can learn speed math techniques after a few hours in our class. Last May 17, 2014, 6-year-old Khallel showed us **how to solve 5 math problems in 47 seconds!**

Learning to be a **Mathemagician** like Khallel is easy but one has to learn short cuts one by one, and we begin by teaching you 25 math short cuts. Just make sure you subscribe to this newsletter. I have selected what I think will be most useful for everyone, whether you are students, teachers, professionals or plain folks who need to calculate every day. Much of the hard work in compiling this work is not in researching for materials, because I know these short cuts by heart, but in selecting what short cuts to include. Read More…

## MSC 1 – Addition by Creating Zeroes

From our grade school years, many of us have learned many ways of simplifying calculations. I am sure that for most of us, *“multiplying by 10”* is one of the first math short cut we have learned. And we continue to use it, which is the reason why I did not include it here. But note that in math, zeroes and ones are usually our best friends. The simplest addition problem involves zero. Anything plus zero equals the same thing. Wouldn’t it be cool to simplify addition problems by creating numbers with zeroes? How quickly ( and easily) can you solve:

- 2 + 5 + 4 + 8 + 6 =
- 1 + 6 + 9 + 4 + 7 =
- 5 + 6 + 7 + 8 + 4 =
- 8 + 4 + 9 + 8 + 3 =
- 86 + 98 =
- 989 + 278 =
- 24 + 67 + 66 =
- 287 + 471 + 313 =
- 734 + 40 + 125 + 26 =
- 999,967 + 666,699 =

## In the Next Issue

- MSC History
- MATH-Inic Speed Math System
- MSC 2 – All from 9 and the Last from 10 Subtraction

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. Subscribe to the **25 Math Short Cuts** Newsletter today!

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