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.

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 :

For , we have and . So , and . So the first two digits of the product is .

Also, . So the last two digits are .

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.