## Multiplication

Today Múinteor John showed us how there are various ways to do multiplication than the way we learn at school. Even though they are different, they get the same results.

For example, look at how we do multiplication when we multiply 121 x 14. We usually start by multiplying 4 with the top line, then multiply the top line by 1, like below.

121
x 14
484 (multiply top line by 4 you get 484)
+1210 (Add a 0 and then multiply top line by 1 and you get 1210)

But there are different ways of doing maths around the world!

Japanese Line Method: This will blow your mind! Let's try 14 x 23 using our method first.

Agus as Gaeilge ANSEO!

## Cool patterns

The Japanese Line Method is a cool way of creating a pattern that we understand to multiply numbers. But some patterns completely confuse our brains.

This pattern below looks like it is moving but it isn't! How weird is that?

Sometimes our brains interpret patterns that don’t exist, like how we sometimes see faces in objects.

What do you see below?

Look again! Do you see a vase or two faces? Or both?