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Kids walking along a chalk line.

Walk along a chalk 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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