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### Course: Arithmetic (all content) > Unit 3

Lesson 1: Multiplication intro- Multiplication as equal groups
- Intro to multiplication
- Basic multiplication
- Multiplication with arrays
- Understand multiplication using groups of objects
- Multiply with arrays
- Worked example: Whole numbers on the number line
- Represent multiplication on the number line
- More ways to multiply
- Ways to represent multiplication

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# Intro to multiplication

Use arrays and repeated addition to visualize multiplication.

## Getting started with multiplication

Multiplication helps us find the total number of items quickly.

For multiplication we will think about the number of equal sized groups and the number of items in each group.

Let's take a look at an example:

Each time you visit your neighbor's dog Tuffy, you give him two dog treats.

Each equal sized group has $2$ treats.

You visited Tuffy $5$ times last week. So there are $5$ equal sized groups.

We can use multiplication to find out how many total treats you gave Tuffy.

The symbol for multiplication is ${\times}$ . If we translate this symbol into words it means "${\text{groups of}}$ ."

For this problem, we have $5$ ${\text{groups of}}$ $2$ dog treats. We can use the ${\times}$ symbol to write the problem:

### Let's try another one

This week you visited Tuffy $4$ times. You thought he looked too skinny so you gave him $3$ dog treats each time you visited.

## Picturing multiplication

### Equal sized groups

Picturing equal sized groups is a great way to make sense of multiplication. In this example, let's think about the total number of petals on these flowers.

We can think of this as ${3}$ flowers with ${5}$ petals on each flower.

The expression ${3}\times {5}$ means ${3}$ groups with ${5}$ items in each group.

### Arrays

We can also use arrays to show multiplication. An array is an arrangement of objects in equal sized rows.

An array with $3$ rows with $8$ dots in each row shows the expression $3\times 8$ :

## Finding the total

### Repeated addition

Let's go back to the problem about Tuffy and the dog treats from earlier. You fed Tuffy treats on $4$ days and gave him $3$ treats each day.

We learned that $4$ groups with $3$ treats in each group is the same as $4\times 3$ .

If we count the treats one by one we get a total of $12$ .

We can also use repeated addition to find the total number of treats. There are $4$ groups of $3$ , so we can add $3+3+3+3$ .

Whether we multiply or use repeated addition, we are finding the total of $4$ groups of $3$ treats.

There are $12$ total treats.

### Skip counting

Skip counting is another method that we can use to find the answer to a multiplication problem.

Let's use an array to show how this works.

The array shows $4$ rows with $5$ dots in each row. This is the same as $4\times 5$ or $5+5+5+5$ .

To find the total number of dots we could count each dot, use repeated addition, or we could use skip counting to count up by five one time for each row:

Skip counting is the same as repeated addition.

Whether we skip count $5$ ... $10$ ... $15$ ... $20$

use repeated addition$5+5+5+5=20$

or multiply$4\times 5=20$

use repeated addition

or multiply

we get the same answer!

### Let's try a problem

## Want to join the conversation?

- Is it easy to count by 9's ?(17 votes)
- If you keep practicing multiplication you'll get really good at counting by 9's. But even I sometimes can get lost and I'm in 7th grade!(4 votes)

- does array help you do mutiplecation(13 votes)
- What is the max number in the world(8 votes)
- Infinity. Infinity is the concept of a number larger than any number anybody could ever think of. It is represented by this symbol:∞(5 votes)

- how made multiplication?(6 votes)
- It is thought that the early Egyptians were the first to discover multiplication and to use it effectively as well as teach it to one another. The Egyptians first settled in 6000 B.C. along the Nile valley where they quickly began to record lunar phase patterns as well as the seasonal patterns for both religious and agricultural reasons.

Read more at https://www.reference.com/math/discovered-multiplication-40fa539d569248c6#(8 votes)

- I am a student at saint Theresa private school and I have bin using khan Academy and I rely like khan Academy. 😃(9 votes)
- I'm curious as to how one is supposed to memorize the multiplication chart. I'm 18, and I missed lots of school. I've always been really frustrated with math because I was never properly taught. I feel like it's harder for me to learn math now than it ever was when I was younger. I've looked at multiplication charts and I've even written them down because people say that that will help you memorize them more. I still haven't memorized any of them. I'm not fast with it either. This might be a dumb question, but I really don't know how it's done or what I'm doing wrong. If anyone could help me with that, or give me some pointers, that would be amazing! I'm not fast with multiplication, and I haven't ever done division, not even in school. My teachers kept putting me in another math class and moved me up even when I hadn't completed anything. Math has gotten so much harder and a lot more confusing than before. Please help..(7 votes)
- 59% of the times table is very simple. The 1s columm and roll you have to mastered, there's also the 10s, 2s and 5s which are very easy to master and all of them adding up to 59%. Next, you should be looking forward to learn the 9s, once you master that, learn 3s and 4s. I recommend listening to times table songs. From that, you just learn your way up the tables.(5 votes)

- After a bit of pain, I believe the answer to be 13,924. But I suck at maths so you might want to confirm this with a calculator. Thank you for waiting 7 years.(2 votes)

- Is it true that numbers never end ?(5 votes)
- Yes. To prove this, think of this: you start with one. To make it bigger, you tag a zero on the end, making 10. To make it bigger again, add another zero, and another and another. Upon doing this, you'll realize you can add zeroes forever, thus making the number larger and larger. This is also the case in terms of numbers getting smaller and smaller. This is the concept of infinity. However, infinity is
**not**a number, but a*concept*. All numbers can be placed on a number line, but infinity can never be put on the number line since there is always something bigger than the biggest number you can imagine.(7 votes)

- Is there more ways of finding multiplication and division(6 votes)
- can you multiply a negative number, please explain(3 votes)
- Yes you can. Say you have this question: "what is -12*3?" Well, this is -36. Why? Well, to do this, all you need to do is take away the "-". Now you have 12*3. This is 36. All you need to do now is add the "-" to it again. Next question. "What is -4*-8?".

This is 32. To do this, just remove the two "-". 4*8=32. However, since you are multiplying**two**negative numbers, you keep 32 as it is. I hope this answered your question!(4 votes)