In this Section:
In this section, we review the basic operation of multiplication with whole numbers. We begin by learning how to identify the parts of a multiplication problem as a factor, or the product. We then move into the various properties of multiplication. The commutative property of multiplication tells us that we can multiply in an order, without changing the result. The associative property of multiplication tells us we can group our multiplication of three or more in any order, without changing the result. The identity property of one tells us that we can multiply any number by one, and it will remain unchanged. The multiplication property of zero tells us when we multiply by zero, the result is always zero. Lastly, the distributive property of multiplication tells us that multiplication is distributive over addition or subtraction.