In this lesson, we will look at some examples of the multiplication of whole numbers.
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The first number in the multiplication is called the multiplicand, the second number is called the multiplier and the answer is called the product.
Remember : Any number multiplied by 0 becomes 0.
Example : 1,343,244,654 × 0 = 0.
Multiplication of 2 numbers a and b, written as a × b, is actually a repeated addition of the number a over b times.
6 × 4 = 6 times of 4 = 4 + 4 + 4 + 4 + 4 + 4 = 24
To multiply numbers with more than one digit correctly, all digits must be placed in the correct position starting from the right.
If the multiplier has 2 or more digits then it is necessary to calculate the partial products first and then add them to get the final product.
Avoid the following common mistakes in multiplication.
Examples A and B have numbers in the wrong positions – wrong place values.
Example C – i t is confusing to multiply more than 2 numbers at one time. Multiply the first 2 numbers and then use the result to multiply with the third number to get the final answer.
This following video shows more examples of multiplication
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