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The Properties of Multiplication

Numberock's Properties of Multiplication Song review the associative property, commutative property, distributive property, identity property, and zero property of multiplication in a fun way that will help students remember them as they work out multiplication problems.

The Properties of Multiplication Song Lyrics

3.OA.5 - Properties of Multiplication

Ready set go! 1, 2, 3...
Here are some bars about the Commutative Property:

You can multiply factors in any order:
Like four times three equals three times four -
the product, either way, is exactly the same.
Commutative is this property’s name.

Now let’s move on, while we got the Chi,
with a rhyme about the Associative Property!

You can group factors in any order, too,
like 2 times 3 times 4 equals 3 times 4 times 2.
They have the same product when you solve through.
That’s the magic the Associative Property can do.

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We use the Properties of Multiplication
when expressions need evaluation,
or when multiplying in equations,
‘cause they can help us with our calculations.

to study the Distributive Property!

Split a factor, multiply the addends by the other factor,
then add the products up thereafter:
Eight became three plus five, but times four stayed the same.
Distributive is this property’s name.

Now let’s introduce one that’s easy peasy...
it’s time to look at the identity property.

The product of any number and one
has that number as the solution.
For example, three times one equals three;
that’s called the Identity Property

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Oh wait! There’s one more before we go...
It’s one you may know - the Property of Zero!

The product of any number and zero
will have a product of zero to show.
For example, five times zero equals zero,
‘cause the Zero Property tells us so.

Now that you know the properties of multiplication,
you can understand each of these equations.
And if you ever forget them, don’t give in to dismay...
just go to numberock.com and hit “replay.”

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