____ Type of driver installed: The mind with an outdated driver installed. Action performed: since 2 + 3 = 5 , so 23 x 11 = 253 i.e. 23 x 11 = 2 [ 2+3 ] 3 = 2 5 3 To multiply any 2 digit no. with 11 simply add the two digits and sandwich the result in betweenthose two digits. Type of driver installed: The mind with the latest updated driver. Before you take this test any further, let me tell you one good thing about the human mind. Ourmind is designed to be very lazy. This in turn makes it super efficient. Confused ? Read on. Our mind always seeks to get the maximum output using the minimum effort. This makes it superproductive. Our mind wants that at a click of a button ( that too if absolutely unavoidable )everything should be done. Our clothes and utensils washed, our food cooked, our room cleanedand our algebra homework done. I am sure most of us could have solved 23 x 11 by using the 2nd approach (long one). But most ofus chose not to, as somehow the mind became aware that it was not the most efficient (read:easy) way of doing it. That is why once the mind is taught the easy way of doing things it seldomreverts back to its old inefficient ways. In my experience as a Math teacher, I have seen thestudents transform from math duds to absolute math dudes in a matter of few weeks once the rightdrivers are installed in their minds. Now that your mind knows the shortest and easiest way of multiplying any 2 digit no. by 11, try fewmore examples and see which method your mind prefers. 26 x 11 = ____ since 2 + 6 = 8, so answer is 2 8 6 67 x 11 = _____ answer is 6 [ 6+7 ] 7 = 6 [ 13 ] 7 = 7 3 7 ,since here the sum itself is a two digit no. so just simple carry forward the ten's digit of the sum (which will always be 1) 45 x 11 = ____ 4 + 5 = 9 , so answer is 4 9 5 Conclusion: This was just one example to demonstrate that the much needed math skill isthankfully already present in our mind. We are all capable of doing calculations at a snap fingerspeed. All we need to do is tweak our mind a little for optimum performance.