Pronunciation: /ˌmʌl.tɪ.plɪˈkeɪ.ʃən/ Explain
Multiplication is a shortcut for repeated
addition. For example,
2 · 3 means add 2 to itself
3 times (2 · 3 = 6 = 2 + 2 + 2).
Multiplication of integers is often
by rows of dots. For example, we can represent 2 · 3
with 3 rows of 2 dots.
|Figure 1: Representation of 2·3|
Properties of Multiplication
Commutative Property of Multiplication
The commutative property of multiplication
states that a · b = b
· a for any
a and b.
Associative Property of Multiplication
The associative property of multiplication
states that if multiple numbers are multiplied together, it doesn't matter in which
order they are multiplied. Stated algebraically:
(a · b) · c =
a · (b · c).
Property of Multiplying by 1
The property of multiplying by 1
states that any number multiplied by 1 remains the same. Stated
algebraically: 1 · a = a.
Property of Multiplying by 0
The property of multiplying by 0
states that any number multiplied by 0 is
0. Stated algebraically:
0 · a = 0.
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McAdams, David E. Multiplication. 4/25/2019. All Math Words Encyclopedia. Life is a Story Problem LLC. https://www.allmathwords.org/en/m/multiplication.html.
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