Why Does OF Mean Multiply?Date: 12/04/2001 at 08:08:56 From: Lauren Filipovits Subject: Why does the word "of" mean multiplication? I wanted to know why the word "of" means multiplication. Thank you. Date: 12/04/2001 at 08:50:16 From: Doctor Peterson Subject: Re: Why does the word "of" mean multiplication? Hi, Lauren. Suppose items come 8 to a box. If I have 2 OF these 8's, I multiply to find the total, 2 x 8 = 16. If I have 1/2 OF an 8, I multiply: 1/2 x 8 = 4. The same is true for any fraction. In these contexts, the word "of" denotes a selection or repetition "of" some quantity. That's what multiplication is. You might be interested in looking at this basic explanation of multiplication of fractions, noticing how I used the word "of": Meaning of Multiplying Fractions http://mathforum.org/library/drmath/view/58168.html - Doctor Peterson, The Math Forum http://mathforum.org/dr.math/ |
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