**Pam **00:00

Hey, fellow mathers! Welcome to the podcast where Math is Figure-Out-Able! I'm Pam Harris.

**Kim **00:06

And I'm Kim Montague.

**Pam **00:07

And this episode is a MathStratChat episode, where we chat about our math strategies. Every Wednesday evening, I throw out a math problem on social media, and people from around the world chat about the strategies they use, and comment on each other's thinking.

**Kim **00:22

I have to totally admit, I am clicking around on my computer, right this very moment.

**Pam **00:27

I was like, "Hey, Kim. Your turn."

**Kim **00:29

Well, I moved some stuff on my screen, and I literally cannot find.

**Pam **00:35

Can't find where we are.

**Kim **00:36

No, I mean.

**Pam **00:38

Okay, keep looking. Okay, this Wednesday, our math problem was 16 times 24. How would you solve this problem? Pause the podcast, solve the problem any way you want. The problem is 16 times 24. Go. Alright, so you don't need to find your stuff now. You can just (unclear).

**Kim **00:52

Okay, well, but now I need to think about the problem. Tell me the problem again. (unclear).

**Pam **00:56

16 times 24. I'm going to go while you're thinking.

**Kim **01:03

Okay.

**Pam **01:04

Okay, I'm going to think about 25 times 16.

**Kim **01:08

Ah! Okay.

**Pam **01:09

Is that what you wanted?

**Kim **01:09

Yeah. No, that's what I was thinking. But go ahead. I'll come up something else.

**Pam **01:12

Okay. Well, I was going to think about 25 times 16.

**Kim **01:15

Yep.

**Pam **01:15

Because then I could just get one less 16, then I would have 24 times 16. So, 25 times 16. I can think about as one-fourth of 16. Like, 0.25 times 16. And then, I have to scale it back up. So, it's not 0.25 times 16. It's 25, so that's times 100. So, it would be 400. So, 25 times 16 is 400. So, 24 times 16 would be 16 less. Play a little I Have, You Need. That's 384.

**Kim **01:46

Yeah.

**Pam **01:46

Okay, so.

**Kim **01:47

(unclear).

**Pam **01:47

Sorry, I took yours. What were you thinking?

**Kim **01:49

No, that's okay. I...

**Pam **01:51

I bet you were probably doing like Doubling and Halving or something (unclear).

**Kim **01:55

Well, the first thing I thought about was the 25s. But I don't know why. But I wrote the problem down, and I... Maybe it's because 24, but I feel like there's a lot of 4s. And I don't know. Yeah, Double Halving would have been nice because the 16. You just keep doing it. But I actually wrote down 4 times 4 times 6 times 4.

**Pam **02:17

Oh.

**Kim **02:18

And I at first was like, "Do I know 4^2?" And I do. That's 64?

**Pam **02:26

You mean 4^3.

**Kim **02:27

Yeah, that's what I mean.

**Pam **02:28

Yeah. Okay.

**Kim **02:29

I am a mess today! We're busy ya'll. We're busy. So, yes, 4^3 is 64. So, that would be 64 times 6, which, you know, is fine. But so then I thought... I feel like I'm just playing at this point. So, then I thought about 64 times 5.

**Pam **02:49

Oh, my gosh. That's where I just went.

**Kim **02:51

Yeah, so 64 times 10 would be 640, so times 5 means it's 320. And then, I have one more 64. So, then I just wrote down 320 plus 64 is the same 384.

**Pam **03:04

Nice flexible factoring.

**Kim **03:06

And here's the thing. So, because you and I are not like, "What's the answer? What's the answer? What's the answer?" We're okay with the space to say, "What else would I want to do?"

**Pam **03:17

Totally.

**Kim **03:18

It's playing, and messing around, and thinking about all the relationships that we need? Yeah.

**Pam **03:26

So, when you had the 4 times 4 times 4 times 6, I started to wonder how many2s that would be.

**Kim **03:33

Mmm.

**Pam **03:35

Which also played into sort of the Doubling and Halving that I was thinking about as well.

**Kim **03:39

Mmhm.

**Pam **03:39

So, like it would be 2, 4, 6, and one more 2. So, like it's 2^7. So, if I know 2^7, that will be 2^7 times 3. That would be a way of thinking about it. But I'd also doubled and halved while you were talking, and I ended up with 192 times 2, which is also 384. Yeah. When you said doubling and halve because the 16 is nice, you were recognizing 16 as a bunch of 2s. Right, power of 2. So, you knew you could halve it all the way down.

**Kim **04:06

Yeah.

**Pam **04:06

Yeah, that's really cool. Alright, nice.

**Kim **04:08

Awesome. We can't wait to see what you do. Every single week, we get excited to check it out. So, join us on MathStratChat (unclear).

**Pam **04:14

Oh, I just thought of another one.

**Kim **04:15

NO!

**Pam **04:16

Okay, nevermind.

**Kim **04:17

Let people do something. And let us know how you think about the problems. And it's super cool when you comment on other people's strategies.

**Pam **04:24

Yeah, and you might try something. There's something else lurking in that one that I can't believe I didn't think about. Alright, so we'll post problems... Oh, my goodness. We post problems on Wednesdays at 7pm Central time. When you answer, tag me and use the hashtag MathStratChat. Then join us here to hear how we're thinking about the problem. We love having you as part of the Math is Figure-Out-Able movement!