# Mathematics - Multiplication

Multiplication is the cycle where the estimation is done, and number ‘a’ is taken ‘b’ time. The result of the multiplication is a result of ‘a’ and ‘b’, and each of the numbers ‘a’ and ‘b’ is called a factor of the product ‘ab’. Multiplication is denoted a×b, a·b, (a)(b), or only ab. The symbol × is referred to as the multiplication sign. Standard multiplication is associative, commutative, and distributive.

Eg: 2 multiplied by 4 = 2 + 2 + 2 + 2 = 8. We took the number 2 and added it together multiple times. This is why math multiplication is called "times".

## Signs for Multiplication

There are several signs that people use to designate multiplication. The most obvious is the "x" sign. Yet, most people use an "*" sign or other symbols. Sometimes, when people use multiplication facts, they will just put the variables next to each other to indicate multiplication. Here are a few examples: ab = a x b (a +1) (b + 1) = (a +1) x (b + 1)

You will tackle difficult issues quicker and easier if you know these numbers inside and out.