Hello friends,

As promised.. I am back, with the part-2 :-)

I wanted to write and share the part-2, the next day itself. However some day-long assignments used to drain me out completely - making difficult for me to sit and type the (long) conversation after reaching home in the night... However, I had made up my mind to complete this task today....

**You know what motivated me to do this?**
It is the honest appreciation (and even confessions) from

__who could see the 'value' in the patience demonstrated during the previous conversation... Thank you so much for these acknowledgements,.. It tells me that I am on the right track...__**some of you**
By the way, could any of you try out that problem (

**32 x 8 using 22 x 8**) with your children/ students? If yes, then please share your experiences....
If you have not yet read my previous post i.e part-1, then I would suggest you to first read that before you scroll down.. Here is the link:

http://rupeshgesota.blogspot.in/2016/03/masti-with-multiplication-part-1.html

http://rupeshgesota.

**Hmmm... So where did we stop last time?**

The students could (surprisingly and beautifully and confidently) think of and even communicate four different strategies for computing 32x8... But as my student Poonam had (rightly) pointed out in the end, they were still far from the approach that I was specifically looking for....

Considering this scenario, I decided to walk along the same path that was traced out by them.... .

**of pattern recognition.**
"Hmm.... I see, you have seen a pattern in the previous two problems and their solutions to the solve this third (similar) problem... Interesting.... So then, can you go ahead further? I mean, can you predict what would be

**42 x 8**?"
"Yes sir....I am already working on this....", said Rajesh

And immediately, Saif shouted out the product -

**"Sir, it will be 336."**
"And how did you do that? Can you please explain to us on board?"

He said that he had simply extended the pattern that he had seen in the former products.

12 x 8 = 96

22 x 8 = 176

32 x 8 = 256..... So,

42 x 8 = 336

" the one's place will have 6..... ten's place decreases by 2...... and hundred's place increases by 1...... You see, 12 x 8 = 96.... i.e. it also has '0' in the hundred's place...."

**All fine, but his last observation about being able to see the invisible zero really delighted me! Mathematician at work !!**