# How to Multiply

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## Introduction: How to Multiply

Today you'll learn how to multiply big, huge numbers just knowing how to count, and add.
This system is as easy that any kid should learn it, because it's totally graphical. So, let's go!

*EDIT: Thanks to mrmucox for noticing about the formatting problem, now it's solved ;)

## Step 1: Drawing the First Number

Ok, let's say we want to multiply 37 * 51. We all know that if we take our calculator, and multiply, we'll get 1887. Now, we'll forget about using calculators, and we'll take a notebook and some pens. So, our first number is 37. As its first digit is 3, we'll draw 3 diagonal straight lines (from the left-lower corner, to the right upper corner). Now, we'll draw 7 lines (for the second digit, a 7), a little bit below the first ones (look at the pictures).

## Step 2: Drawing the Second Number

Now, we'll draw the second number, 51. First, we'll draw five straight lines (for the first digit, again) crossing the lines from the first step, and placed as down as you can (but always crossing the other lines). Then, we'll draw the lines for the second number (1) a little upper.

Now, you need to pay a little more attention. Once you have all the lines drawn, you'll have to group the cross that got made, and add them up. How do we do that? Grouping them from up to down. I know it isn't quite clear, but look at the images and you'll understand ;)

So, we got the first group, containing 15 crosses; the second one, with 38 crosses, and the last one, with 7 crosses.

Now, we write this numbers down:

15
038
0007
____
1887

*(Why do we put the 3 in 38 below the 5 in 15? Because it's a two digit number. If the sum results are only one-digit numbers, we'll set them apart, as I did with the 7)

And... that's it! We got the result we were looking for, 1887!

## Step 4: Another Example

Well, I'm working faster, just one drawing per example will be enough. So, what happens with bigger numbers? Let's try it out with three-digit numbers, in example, 314 * 261. Just look at the pictures to see how we do the pattern, and then the adding up. The final add will be this way:

6
20
017
0025
00004
_
81954

As you can confirm, 81954 is the result of multiplying 314 * 261 ;)

## Step 5: Ask for Help, and Keep Practicing

Well, we're ready here. If you have some troubles with this Instructable, you want to share your own examples, or want to make it better, just leave me a message ;) And don't forget, that practicing is the best way to learn all of the life's tricks ;) First Prize in the
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## 12 Discussions

its nice but I don't think its so practical since the normal way is actually doing that what you do here. besides , drawing those lines is more time consuming too. all the kid needs to do is learn the multiplication table up to 9 and be able to add. this is nice in the beginning to learn the multiplication table but it shouldn't be used too often cause then it'll be a crutch later on.

37
x 51

7 (1x7=7)
3 (1x3=3)
35 (5x7=35)
+ 15 (5x3=15)

1887

why do you add the 0s on the start of the lower numbers (038 and 0007 in the example)? It would make more mathematical sense to add them to the end of the higher numbers (to get the monospace formatting, use {{{ on the line before, and }}} on the line after the stuff you want monospaced):
`1500 380   7+`