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## do people still waste time memorising multiplication tables?

## Yes. Not a waste of time at all.

Very important fundamental tool.

## so is cat_race

## no they're not

memorising these things is a stupid waste. what's way more important is understand why 7*8 is 56 and how you would calculate it. then, when you understand that you can apply the same logic and the same rules to 9*3 or to 109*123 and come up with the correct answer. memorising the times tables is just stupid.

like, why does it even happen and why do people never memorise division tables? what's the difference really? nothing.

## urgh

I'm really not getting into this.

It's fine c_r you're absolutely correct.

Apologies.

## christ

## if you memorise the times tables 1-10

you can perform any mental multiplication calculation involving 2-digit numbers really quite easily, and 3-digit numbers at a push

## and you also could if can just calculate the answer

## wonder simply car door hook

ban

## in fact cat_race

i was able to quickly do 7X8 due to remembering running through the 7 times table as a quick, just had a thought of the intonation of seven times eight and bam the answer came out without even thinking, must have worked

## i feel like a bad guy here but i'm not

the 7 times table is brilliant. it just has a great cadance to it. but i just find it funny that people are still memorising it

such a cunt

## 56

Thanks

## Dans for chancellor!

## Nah, that's fine.

He doesn't want to have to answer a series of increasingly difficult maths questions so has decided to never answer one. It was obvious he knew the answer, the insidious fucking reptile.

## If he got it right

they would just ask a more difficult one each time to try and catch him out. He could of course get shit-hot at mental arithmetic of course and casually give the answer each time, that would learn em.

## It is a bit of a cheap shot, questions like this

same with how much is a pint of milk, or what is your weekly shop. I knew the answer but wasn't 100% sure when I saw the question, if I was in an interview and I was the chancellor and that popped up out of nowhere then I would be even less sure. Best to not answer than get it wrong and the tabloids would scream "he is meant to be running our economy and he can't even do his times tables!!!!" as if he sits down and works out the economics of a whole country in his head.

## he probably shouldnt be talking to 7 year olds then..

## Fine for shopping related questions

But would you consider 7 x 8 a risky question?

## Yeaah... it's the most commonly mixed-up multiplication fact of all of them.

The whole thing was a bit of a non-event if you ask me. Totally agree with Smee, just waiting for my ^ this to show up.

## I was thinking that

for some reason I have always had to think about 7*8. Not that it is hard, but it was obviously designed for him to potentially trip up.

bet there's a lot of politicians getting briefed on multiplication tables right now

## I don't really care whether he can answer the question or not,

or even whether he chooses to or not, but it's just the total contempt with which he obviously holds the kids in that disappoint me the most.

## Surely everyone holds kids in utter contempt

apart from their parents?

## I think you're suffereing from selection bias.

## Really?

Didn't seem it particularly to me.

## :D

didn't quite get the same from it as that, but it was very clear he had no idea how to make things interesting or relevant for them. he has kids as well doesn't he? poor fuckers

## I assume by "poor fuckers"

you mean the Conservative party?

don't think they're shy of a few bob tbh

## r d r r

## radius x diameter x radius squared?

## why would that be radius squared?