*Contributor: Elephango Editors. Lesson ID: 10747*

What is a multiplicative comparison? It's a statement of a multiplication thing like . . . Oh, watch this video and work some fun online problems to learn how to multiply your multiplication skills!

categories

subject

Math

learning style

Visual

personality style

Beaver

Grade Level

Intermediate (3-5)

Lesson Type

Skill Sharpener

Become a Multiplication Master!

Wow all of your friends by writing number sentences as a comparison to verbal sentences!

- What is a
*multiplicative comparison*?

It is an interpretation of a *multiplication* equation as a *comparison. *Example: Interpret 35 = 5 × 7 as a *statement* that "35 is 5 times as many as 7 and 7 times as many as 5." You represent *verbal* *statements *of *multiplicative comparisons *as *multiplication* *equations*.

Whoa! That sounds confusing, but let's break it down. By the end of this lesson, you'll be a master at multiplicative comparison.

First, let's look at the difference between *verbal statements* and *multiplication equations*.

**6 is 3 times as many as 2**

That is a *verbal statement* showing a multiplicative comparison.

We know it is multiplicative because of the word "times" which tells us we are going to be using multiplication.

- Can you think of the symbol we use to show multiplication or "times"?

I bet you can! That will be important later!

Ok, back to our verbal statement.

**6 is 3 times as many as 2**

We are comparing two numbers, 6 and 2, using multiplication.

First, let's look at the two numbers we are comparing:

We can probably think of lots of ways to compare the numbers in the picture.

One is red, one is blue. 6 is bigger than 2. 2 is less than 6. 6 has 4 more X's than 2.

But, remember our verbal statement says "6 is 3 times as many as 2."

We are using multiplication! Let's look at another picture of the numbers. This time we will arrange them in equal groups:

- How many equal groups do you see for the number 6?

Three!

Now, let's look at our verbal statement again.

**6 is 3 times as many as 2**

Ahh, it makes sense now!

It takes 3 equal groups of 2 to make 6. Or, 3 groups of 2 equal 6.

- How can we write that as a
*multiplication equation*?

"6 is 3 times as many as 2" is the same as 6 = 3 x 2

"6 is 3 times as many as 2" is the *verbal statement* showing multiplicative comparison.

6 = 3 x 2 is the *multiplication equation*.

You are ready to move on to the *Got It?* section to practice finding the multiplication equations for each verbal statement!

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