# FOIL Method - Multiplication Trick

The FOIL (First, Outside, Inside, Last) multiplication method is the most important trick that anyone can learn. It allows you to multiply any two digits numbers together very quickly. There are other tricks that are slightly better in specific instances but if you learn the FOIL method you will be all set. .

Look at the math problem 46 x 27 = ?

• Multiply one's digits. .
• 6 x 7 = 42
• Write 2 and carry the 4.
• Multiply the one's digit of each number by the ten's digit of the other.
• 6 x 2 = 12
• 4 x 7 = 28
• 12 + 28 = 40
• Add the 4 you carried.
• 40 + 4 = 44.
• Write 4 and carry the 4.
• Multiply the ten's digits.
• 4 * 2 = 8.
• Add the 4 you carried.
• 4 + 8 = 12.
• Write 12.

Look at the math problem 53 x 71 = ?

• Multiply one's digits. .
• 3 x 1 = 3
• Write 3.
• Multiply the one's digit of each number by the ten's digit of the other.
• 3 x 7 = 21
• 5 x 1 = 5
• 21 + 5 = 26
• Write 6 and carry the 2.
• Multiply the ten's digits.
• 5 * 7 = 35.
• Add the 2 you carried. 35 + 2 = 37.
• Write 37.