Texans QB Ryan Fitzpatrick’s Son Shows Off Math Skills During Postgame Press Conference (Part 2)

From Bleacher Report:

Houston Texans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick… threw for 358 yards and six touchdowns in a 45-21 victory over the Tennessee Titans on Sunday [November 30, 2014]. However, [his son] Brady was the star of the postgame press conference.

Fitzpatrick put his son on the spot at the end of the press conference. In a matter of seconds, Brady was able to multiply 93 by 97 in his head.

Source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2284833-texans-qb-ryan-fitzpatricks-son-shows-off-math-skills-during-postgame-presser

After the thought bubble, I’ll reveal the likely way that young Brady did this.


Here’s a trick for multiplying two numbers in their 90s which is accessible to bright elementary-school students. We begin by multiplying out (100-x)(100-y):

(100-x)(100-y) = 10,000 - 100x - 100y + xy

(100-100y) = 100(100 - [x+y]) + xy

For 93 \times 97, we have x = 7 and y = 3. So x+y = 10, and 100 - [x+y] = 90. So the first two digits of the product is 90.

Also, xy = 21. So the last two digits are 21.

Put them together, and we get the product $100 \times 90 + 21 = 9021$.

I don’t expect that young Brady knew all of this algebra, but I expect that he did the above mental arithmetic to put together the product. Well done, young man.

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