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# Who invented multiplication?

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The invention of multiplication cannot be attributed to a particular individual or society because it can be traced to several ancient civilizations, including Egypt, China, Babylonia and India. Each civilization employed a distinct technique to multiply numbers. The methods involved repetitive additions of numbers.

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The use of multiplication tables can be traced to ancient Sumerian civilizations, some 4,600 years ago. The Egyptians practiced multiplication using hieroglyphic techniques dating back to 1600 B.C. The ancient Chinese multiplied using a series of multiplication tables similar to modern ones, as documented in "Zhou Bi Suan Jing." Ancient Indian societies multiplied using a system similar to the modern lattice method.

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You can find printable multiplication charts online on MathWorksheets4kids.com. On the left-hand side of the homepage, click on "Multiplication" under the heading "Basic Topics." Then click on "Multiplication Tables and Charts."

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Tips for learning multiplication tables include Skip Counting, which students can use to multiply any numbers. Students can learn two- and four-fact families using the Doubling and Double Double methods, respectively, while they can learn the nine-fact family through a trick called Handy-Nines.

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The solution to a multiplication problem is called the "product." For example, the product of 2 and 3 is 6. When the word "product" appears in a mathematical word problem, it is a sign that multiplication is necessary.