Multiply with circle models
Learn or teach by designing your own multiply fractions examples. All examples are modeled with an array of circles.
Multiply with Circle Models uses circles to demonstrate multiplication of fractions
You can input the two factors for a multiplication of fractions example. The first factor must be less than 6 and the second factor must be less than 4.
If you want just a whole number for the first factor, type in 0 (zero) for a numerator. If you do not want a whole number, type in 0 (zero) for the whole number. Do not type in 0 for the denominator.
With this program you can demonstrate a mixed number times a whole number.
Uncheck the <EXPLAIN> check box to turn off the answer and the explanation. You can ask your students to complete the number sentence.
Uncheck the <SHOW INPUT> check box to make the input dialog boxes work like a password input boxes, hiding the numbers you input. With <EXPLAIN> and <SHOW INPUT> unchecked you can ask your students to write a number sentence that explains the picture.
With <EXPLAIN> and <SHOW COLOR> unchecked you can ask your students to complete the picture by shading the product and completing a number sentence that explains the picture.
Demonstrate reciprocal or multiplicative inverse with 1/3 as the first factor and three(3) as the second factor. Notice the picture of the product one(1).
Demonstrate Zero(0) as a factor. Use 2 1⁄3 for the first factor and then 0 as the second factor. You get a good picture of what 0 looks like as a product.
Demonstrate 1 as a factor. Use 2 1⁄3 for the first factor and 1 as the second factor. Here, you have demonstrated one(1) as the identity for multiplication.
You can demonstrate the distributive property with 2 1⁄3 X 3.
(2 + 1⁄3)X3 = 2X3 + 1⁄3X3 = 6 +1= 7
Here, you have distributed the factor 3 over the two addends 2 and 1⁄3 giving you have a good picture of the product 7.
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