Agnes by Tony Cochran


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  1. simpsonfan2

    simpsonfan2 said, over 3 years ago

    Nobody has ever asked me that outside of school.

  2. DavidHuieGreen

    DavidHuieGreen said, over 3 years ago


    Hey, simpsonfan2, do you know how much twelve times eleven is? (Now you’ve been asked outside of school.)
    Actually, they are trying to lay the groundwork for simple math. Have you used no math since school?
    For eleven times any two digit number, add the two digits together and then put the original digits on the outside.
    For example 11 times 32 is 3 followed by 3 plus 2 (or five) followed by 2 or 352.
    Obviously, if you go over nine, you have to add the extra number to the irst.
    For example: 11 times 57 is 5 followed by 12 followed by 7 but the one from the twelve is added to the 5 to make 627
    This might come in handy if every last calculator in the world ceases to function at the same time and your REALLY need to know how much 11 times 85 is.
    Further, Agnes should be glad the teacher didn’t add lizard and Spock to the mix.

  3. Bruno Zeigerts

    Bruno Zeigerts said, over 3 years ago


    Or punch in ‘11 times twelve’ on your calculator.
    Of course I remember how to do it on paper … but who bothers?
    I had a friend once … he was using a calculator to figure out ten times a number…
    (He looked a little sheepish when I told him to just add a zero.)

  4. Harry Grapjas

    Harry Grapjas said, over 3 years ago

    My grandfather once bought 9 items of 90 cents each. So he put 8.10 on the counter. The cashier did the math on her cash register (this was before barcodes were introduced) and asked “Sir, how did you know it would be 8.10?”.

  5. SusanSunshine

    SusanSunshine GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    DavidHG — Cute trick…
    but most of those cute tricks are too confusing for the average person to remember.

    A real grasp of numbers works better.

    How can you multiply any number by 11 so it makes sense?

    11 of anything is ten of them plus another one.

    11 times 57 is TEN 57’s plus another 57…

    570 plus another 57….

    And how do you add that in your head?

    Several different ways….
    easiest to teach has been 570 needs another 30 to make 600…
    take it from the 57….
    Now you have 600 and you still have 27 left over from your 57…

    By the same token NINE 57’s
    Is 570 MINUS 57.

    Might sound complicated but once I get people started with real objects…
    meaning I’d have them doing that with nickels and quarters and cookies and such before abstract numbers…
    it starts to ….um… add up.

  6. J. Short

    J. Short GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    It’’s too early for this, my head hurts.

  7. DavidHuieGreen

    DavidHuieGreen said, over 3 years ago


    yep, I do it that way too.
    but then I have so much going on inside my brain that it keeps it occupied by comparing the answers from various ways.

  8. Shirl Summ

    Shirl Summ GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago



  9. Perkycat

    Perkycat said, over 3 years ago


    Ahhh – another fan of one of my favorite shows.
    And I agree with J.Short it is much too early for this.
    Agnes is going to make her school years seem sooooo long. I pity her teachers.

  10. magicwalnut

    magicwalnut GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago


    Thank you, thank you! I love these little tricks and this one is new to me!

  11. smalltownbrown

    smalltownbrown said, over 3 years ago


    Try Lattice multiplication. It’s fun. There is a little tutorial on Kahn Academy at –

  12. Comic Minister

    Comic Minister said, over 3 years ago

    Nice to see her teacher again! But this time she must have dyed her hair blonde.

  13. Tom Flapwell

    Tom Flapwell said, over 3 years ago

    I forgot we’d ever seen her before. Looks kinda like a younger version of Grandma.

  14. Unca Jim

    Unca Jim said, over 3 years ago

    This is a mental trick that’s always worked for me; Multiply everything by 10, move the decimal to wherever, add the difference in points over or under ten multiplied by their factors and add up (or subtract) the difference. Do it all in your head, write up the sum on your palm and when you get to the cashier, fight it out with HER scanner price total.
    Fun afternoon.
    Math gymnastics.. If I had to remember all the stunts that people ‘suggested’ I’d never have become the oh, look….. a bee !!

  15. rshive

    rshive said, over 3 years ago

    Well Agnes…Seems that teachers are always asking you questions they would like to know the answers for. Why not just give the teacher YOUR questions first thing in the morning?

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