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Write and Expand Multiplication Expressions


Videos to help Grade 6 students learn how to identify parts of an expression and expand multiplication expressions.

New York State Common Core Math Module 4, Grade 6, Lesson 10

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Lesson 10 Student Outcomes

Students identify parts of an expression using mathematical terms for multiplication. They view one or more parts of an expression as a single entity.


When we want to show multiplication of two numbers, like 5 and 7, we typically write 5 × 7, using the “×” to show the operations. When we start to use variables with multiplication, we can use other forms.
1. a × b
2. a • b
3. ab
4. (a)(b)

When writing expressions using the fewest number of symbols, we will have to refrain from using the symbols ×, •, or ().

We will also be using math terms to describe expressions and the parts of an expression. We will be using words like factor, product, quotient, coefficient, and term.

A term is a part of an expression that can be added to or subtracted from the rest of the expression. In the expression 7g + 8h + 3, 7g, 8h and 3 are all terms

A coefficient is a constant factor in a variable term. For example, in the term 4m, 4 is the coefficient and it is multiplied with m.

Example 1

Write each expression using the fewest number of symbols and characters. Use math terms to describe the expressions and parts of the expressions.

a. 6 × b
b. 4 • 3 • h
c. 2 × 2 × 2 × a × b
d. 5 × m × 3 × p
e. 1 × g × w

Example 2

To expand multiplication expressions we will rewrite the expressions by including the “ • ” back into the expressions.

a. 3g
b. 7abc
c. 12g
d. 3h • 8
e. 7g • 9h

Example 3

a. Find the product of 4f • 7g
b 3de • 9yz
c. Double the product of 6y and 3bc.

Lesson Summary

An Expression in Expanded Form: An expression that is written as sums (and/or differences) of products whose factors are numbers, variables, or variables raised to whole number powers is said to be in expanded form. A single number, variable, or a single product of numbers and/or variables is also considered to be in expanded form.

Part 1: Writing Multiplication Expressions
Part 2: Expanding Multiplication Expressions
Part 3: Finding Products.


Lesson 10 Exit Ticket

1. Rewrite the expression using the fewest number of symbols and characters possible.
a. 5g • 7h
b. 3 • 4 • 5 • m • n

2. Name the parts of the expression. Then expand.
a. 14b
b. 30jk

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