## Shortcut to multiply any 2 numbers whose difference is 2

Today you will be learning another amazing shortcut way of multiplying any 2 numbers.This trick is especially effective to use when the number in between the 2 numbers to be multiplied is 5.You will see why……

**Let us go through the steps **

**Step 1:**Identify the number in between the 2 numbers.

**Step 2:**Find the square of the number identified in step 1.

**Step 3:**Subtract 1 from the result obtained in step 2.

Let us now consider few examples to understand better

### Example 1:12 x 14=?

Notice that there is difference of 2 between the numbers 12 and 14.

We shall now apply the trick that we learnt

**Step 1:**We find that 13 lies in between 12 and 14.

**Step 2:**Squaring 13 we get

13^{2}=169

**Step 3:**Subtracting 1 from the result obtained in step 2

We get 169 -1=168

**Ans 12 x 14=168**

**Example 2:24 x 26=?**

**Step 1:**We find that 25 lies in between 24 and 26.

**Step 2:**Squaring 25 we get

25^{2}=625

(Use the shortcut trick to square any number ending in 5)

**Step 3:**Subtracting 1 from the result obtained in step 2

We get 625 -1=624

**Ans 24 x 26=624**