Monday, April 7, 2014

What are Multiplication Properties


We all know what multiplication is but we don't really know the rules, or properties of multiplication. Multiplication Properties include the following properties:

  • Commutative Property of Multiplication
  • Associative Property of Multiplication
  • Identity Property of Multiplication
  • Zero Property of Multiplication
I know that all of these big and fancy words seem like a lot of stuff, but it's actually pretty easy. Especially once you know what they are and have solved some examples!

Commutative Property of Multiplication

Definition: The order of factors can be changed, but the product stays the same.
Example: 4x3=12

Associative Property of Multiplication

Definition: You can change the grouping of the factors. The product stays the same.
Example: (6x8)x7=336

Identity Property of Multiplication

Definition: When you multiply any number by 1, the product is that number.
Example: 2x1=2

Zero Property of Multiplication

Definition: When you multiply any number by 0, the product is 0.
Example: 3x0=0

More about the Properties of Multiplication

I hope that after reading the above information on the Properties of Multiplication, you got an idea of what each is. Even if you already knew these, this was probably a good review! Also, if you still think you need to practice identifying them, try doing the problems listed below:

 Sheet 1 Practice Problems Multiplication

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