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Topic: What are the "basic" facts?
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Norm Krumpe

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Re: What are the "basic" facts?
Posted: Jun 23, 1995 5:13 PM
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>Multiplication facts come into play so often they truly are basic.
>Memorizing them is like knowing the command keys on your computer; yes you
>can look them up every time you need one, but it's a heck of a lot more
>efficient if you don't have to.
>Andy K
>A. Karassowitsch

I guess maybe "basic" is relative. True, in relation to 98 x 57, "8 x 7 =
56" is basic in that it can facilitate the multiplication algorithm. And I
agree that knowing these facts can certainly speed things along. But I feel
that, in many classrooms, far too much time is spent on these "basic facts"
and far too little is spent on understanding the operations and developing
the concepts.

I would be curious to know how many students (at any level) know that 7 x 8
= 56, but also think that multiplication always "makes things bigger." To
me, this latter "basic fact" is far more important than the former.

Norm Krumpe

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