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Welcome to Math Tricks

August 20th, 2014 by Steven Pomeroy | No Comments | Filed in Math Tricks

Welcome to Math Tricks!


If you are like me, you have an appreciation of mathematics, and enjoy seeing how a mathematical formula can be applied to real-world situations.  And, of course, love math tricks and fun math games!

Who is Math Tricks for?

happy math tricks studentThis site is for anybody, really.  Young or old, rich or poor, it does not matter.

Even those who are not so enthusiastic about math, they are invited too!  In fact, I challenge anybody who does not like math to look over these number tricks posts and not go away with a new-found appreciation of mathematics!

For those parents and teachers out there with kids who find arithmetic boring, you are encouraged to look over the material in math tricks; you will be sure to find something that your kids will enjoy – and get them interested in math!

Be sure to “Like” our Facebook Page!  We send out information about new posts via our Facebook.  We also send out lots of cool math-related information.

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Common Core Help – Taking Apart Hundreds

January 11th, 2015 by Steven Pomeroy | No Comments | Filed in Common Core Help


Help With Common Core Homework

I have started a new feature here to provide help with common core math.  The methods taught to students are very different today – much more so than just a few years ago.  It is my hope that this will help the parents out there who are struggling with their kids homework.  I know how difficult it seems at first glance, but with a little bit of instruction, you can see how the work is done.

Help with common core homework


My son came home with an advanced 2nd grade homework assignment the other day, and he asked me to help him with it.  “No problem”, was my response as I held out my hand to grab the bundle.  I looked down at the first problem:

835 – 98

I looked at my son and chuckled.  “You know how to do this”, I said nodding my head.  “No, looked at the instructions”, he whined.  Above the problem set was written:

Take apart hundreds to subtract

I stared at the words, and then at the problem.  How do you take apart hundreds?  Hmmm . . . At this point, I was wondering if my son was loosing faith with his “math expert” dad.  Well, after a little searching, I found a description of the method, which is really a clever way to perform mental arithmetic:

1: Take apart 835 as 735 and 100

2: Subtract 98 from 100

3: Add the result to 735 to get the answer (737)

Pretty easy, eh?  I did not know what to do just given the “Take apart hundreds to subtract” instruction, and this is where a lot of people get frustrated.  Well, anyways, here are a few more examples from my son’s homework page:


748 – 97

648   100

100 – 97 = 3

648 + 3 = 651

748 – 97 = 651



395 – 99

295   100

100 – 99 = 1

295 + 1 = 296

395 – 99 = 296



600 – 97

500   100

100 – 97 = 3

500 + 3 = 503

600 – 97 = 503












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Christmas 2014 is almost Here!

December 7th, 2014 by Steven Pomeroy | No Comments | Filed in Math Games

Ho Ho Ho!

Don’t forget to play “Remainder Games” this Christmas!  Just kidding – we don’t have any “Remainder Games”, but we still have “That Christmas Song Game” available to brighten up your holiday.


That Christmas Song Game


Our kids love to play it, and your will too.

From our software download page:

That Christmas Song Game for Windows

We made Christmas get all mathy!

The object of the game is to click on the correct cartoon that comes up next in the song. For example, click on the partridge
to have the game play the part, “… and a partridge in a pear tree”. The snowman will let you know which number is up, and a
hint is given to you as you mouse-over each cartoon.


File name: That Christmas Song Game install.exe

File Size: 20436 KB

Installed File Name: that christmas song game for Windows.exe

Installed File Size: 20587 KB

Operating Systems: Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7

Note: This should work in Windows 8, but was not tested by the developer




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