# Count On

## Explorer

#### Number writing practice

Is your handwriting as bad as mine? Perhaps you need some practice at writing out numbers neatly? Or do you want a number trick to try out on a friend?

- Ask a friend to write down the figures 1 to 9 leaving out the 8.
- Ask which figure he has written worst.
- If, for example, he says 7, ask him to multiply the row of figures by 63 since 7 x 9 is 63.
- The result will be as follows:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 9 |
x |

6 3 | |

3 7 0 3 7 0 3 7 | |

7 4 0 7 4 0 7 4 0 | |

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 | |

He will have had some practice writing 7 when he has finished!

The same result applies for any figure chosen. Using 45 (which is 5 x 9) gives a row of 5's and 27 (= 3 x 9) will give a row of 3's.