The result of multiplication is called the product of the numbers multiplied. The same result can be obtained by repeated addition. If we are combining 8groups with 5 objects in each group, we could arrive at the same answer by simple addition.
This means we can arrive at the conclusion that
8 x 5 = 40
by noticing that
5 + 5 + 5 + 5 + 5 + 5 + 5 + 5 = 40
as indicated in the result above. This is often taught in grade 2. But most often, students beyond grade 2 get stuck with the addition process as a way of multiplying numbers as opposed to identifying the patterns that exist in multiplication.
It is therefore essential that all students are able to multiply numbers with ease and with speed. Without this ability, students will make errors if they have to simply rely on calculators for simple multiplication at higher levels of Mathematics.
This e-book teaches the basics along with the tricks that connect addition with multiplication. Noticing the patterns that exist when multiplying numbers is very important to the student. Explore it and have your students explore this too!
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