﻿(Music plays)

An animated clip shows a big orange X on a blue background. It explodes and letters and numbers come out of it in all directions and float around.

Mathemagician Eric appears on screen. He’s in his mid-twenties. He has short dark brown hair and a beard. He wears a red T-shirt with the show’s logo, blue jeans and red Tennis shoes.

The screen turns red and the logo of the show appears next. It reads "MathXplosion." Meanwhile, cones, cubes and dices float around it.

Kids voices sing a song with lyrics that go
WHAT A HIT
IT'S NOT A TRICK
IT'S MATHXPLOSION
JUST FOR YOU
COOL AND NEW
MATHXPLOSION!

The episode starts with Eric standing in a workroom in front of a board with antique representations and objects dated. There’s a pyramid, a frog, a flower and a stone stick. He holds a blue ruler in his hands.

Eric says OH, HEY!
DID YOU KNOW
THAT LONG AGO
ANCIENT EGYPTIANS
TO MULTIPLY
BIG NUMBERS?
IT'S DIFFERENT FROM
THE WAY WE USUALLY
DO MULTIPLICATION TODAY, BUT
AND THAT IS NO ILLUSION.

The blue ruler suddenly flies up and disappears.

Eric says HERE'S THE SECRET TO HOW ANCIENT
EGYPTIANS WOULD MULTIPLY.
FOR EXAMPLE:

He now writes some numbers on the floor using a white chalk. He writes "18 times 53."
Eric continues
THEY WOULD USE
WATCH THIS... SO COOL.
MAKE TWO COLUMNS.
WITH THIS METHOD
YOU ALWAYS START
WITH A 1 IN THE
LEFT COLUMN.
IN THE RIGHT COLUMN,
TO DOUBLE.
ON THE LEFT,
DOUBLE 1.
IN OTHER WORDS,
1 PLUS 1
AND YOU GET 2.
DOUBLE 2.
2 PLUS 2, YOU GET 4.
DOUBLE 4 IS 8.
DOUBLE 8 IS 16
AND STOP.

He makes a column under the number 18 and adds the numbers 1, 2, 4, 6 and 16.

Eric continues
STOP DOUBLING WHEN YOU
REACH THE NUMBER
THAT IS MORE THAN
HALF OF THE NUMBER
YOU'RE MULTIPLYING BY,
WHICH IS 18,
BUT WITHOUT
GOING OVER.
LET'S SEE,
HALF OF 18 IS 9.
AND 16 IS LARGER THAN 9,
SO I'LL STOP THERE.
THE SAME THING WITH THE
COLUMN OF THE RIGHT.
HERE GOES...
I DOUBLED 53.
IN OTHER WORDS,
53 PLUS 53,
YOU GET 106.
DOUBLE IT,
YOU GET 212.
KEEP ON
DOUBLING, 424.
DOUBLE THAT
NUMBER, 848.
AND THAT'S THE BOTTOM OF
THE COLUMN, SO STOP.

Under the number 53 he writes the numbers and 53, 106, 212, 424 and 848.

Eric continues
WATCH CAREFULLY.
THIS PART'S
PRETTY COOL.
FIND THE NUMBERS
ON THE LEFT SIDE
THE ONLY WAY IS
2 PLUS 16.

The numbers 2 and 16 blink.

He continues
NOW, CROSS OUT ALL
OTHER NUMBERS
IN THE LEFT AND
RIGHT COLUMNS.

He crosses out numbers on both columns leaving the pairs for 2 and 106, 16 and 848.

Eric continues
WE'RE LEFT WITH 2 PLUS 16
EQUALS 18 ON THE LEFT.
AND 106 PLUS 848
ON THE RIGHT.
IN THE RIGHT COLUMN.

He now adds a third column where he makes the addition of some of the numbers. He writes "106 plus 848 equals 900." Next, he writes "900 plus 40 plus 14 equals 954."

Eric continues
106 PLUS 848
EQUALS 954.
WAIT, WE'RE NOT
DONE YET.
JUMP INTO THE MODERN WORLD

He pulls out a gigantic calculator and does the maths again to check.

He says 18 TIMES 53.
FASTER THAN YOU CAN SAY
"BUILD ME A PYRAMID."
18 TIMES 53 EQUALS...
HA, 954.
AMAZING.

(music plays)

Eric appears now next to a big blackboard. The board turns into a screen and it introduces a clip that compares a modern computer with ancient Egyptians.

Eric says WOULD YOU BELIEVE THAT
MODERN COMPUTERS
AND ANCIENT EGYPTIAN MATH
HAVE SOMETHING IN COMMON?
IMAGINE LOOKING DEEP INSIDE
THERE ARE LOTS OF BINARY
NUMBERS - 0s AND 1s - IN THERE.

The dynamic clip shows a cartoon of Eric looking at numbers and calculations pass by above him on a black background.

Eric continues
TO MULTIPLY TWO
NUMBERS TOGETHER,
THE COMPUTER DOES
SOMETHING VERY SIMILAR
TO WHAT THE
EGYPTIANS DID.
THIS IS HOW COMPUTERS
SEE THE QUESTION 18 TIMES 53.
I GUESS GREAT MATH
MINDS THINK ALIKE,
EVEN WHEN THEY LIVED IN
DIFFERENT COUNTRIES
AND CENTURIES.

The clip shows the cartoons of Eric and the cartoon of an Egyptian looking at each other from opposite mid-screens.

Eric says YOU CAN ABSOLUTELY
TRY THIS AT HOME.
HOW TO MULTIPLY
LIKE AN ANCIENT
EGYPTIAN.
IT'S NOT MAGIC;
IT'S MATH.

A big explosion brings the show’s logo back on the screen.

(music plays)

The end credits roll.

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