Multiplication and Multiplication Games
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Number line
Number line

Multiplying numbers is like jumping along the number line, with all your jumps the same size. It's the same thing as addition, except that you repeat it a certain number of times. So if you are multiplying 4 times 3, it means 3 + 3 + 3 + 3, which describes how you make four jumps on the number line, going three spaces forward each time.

One interesting thing about multiplication is that it is commutative: it doesn't matter whether you multiply 4 times 3 or 3 times 4; you'll get the same answer either way.

A multiplying game with jumping
A site to practice your multiplication tables: Learn Your Tables

Bibliography and further reading about multiplication:

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Karen Carr is Associate Professor Emerita, Department of History, Portland State University. She holds a doctorate in Classical Art and Archaeology from the University of Michigan. Follow her on Instagram or Twitter, or buy her book, Vandals to Visigoths.
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