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Column Multiplication: Getting Started

These examples will help you get used to doing column multiplication. You will use what you learned in Basic Multilplication.

Here's an example:

 
3
1
×
 
2

   
 
  
 
  
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Right To Left. We first see the 1, which is above the 2.  2 × 1 = 2. Our equation is now:

 
3
1
×
 
2

   
 
  
 
  
   White Box   White Box

Again we go from Right To Left.  3 × 2 = 6:

 
3
1
×
 
2

   
 
  
 
  
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So, the answer is 62.

Here's another example:

 
3
0
1
×
 
 
2

   
 
  
 
  
 
  
   White Box   White Box   White Box

Right To Left. We first see the 1, which is above the 2.  2 × 1 = 2. Our equation is now:

 
3
0
1
×
 
 
2

   
 
  
 
  
 
  
   White Box   White Box   White Box

Again we go from Right To Left.  0 × 2 = 0:

 
3
0
1
×
 
 
2

   
 
  
 
  
 
  
   White Box   White Box   White Box

Yet again we go from Right to Left and see the 3, which is above the 2.  3 × 2 = 6. Our equation is now:

 
3
0
1
×
 
 
2

   
 
  
 
  
 
  
   White Box   White Box   White Box

So, the answer is 602.

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