# Factors and Multiples by using Multiplication Facts

Factors and multiples by using multiplication facts are explained here. With the help of this operation we shall learn some other terms.

Consider the following factors and multiples by using multiplication facts:

(i) 3 × 5 = 15,

i.e., 3 multiplied by 5 gives the product 15.

Here, 3 is called the multiplicand, 5 is the multiplier and 15 is the product

In 5 × 3 = 15, 5 is the multiplicand and 3 is the multiplier.

Thus, in any multiplication fact, multiplicand and multiplier may be interchanged. Both are known as factors. We can say 3 and 5 are the factors of 15. The product 15 may also be given the name of ‘multiple’. Thus, 15 is the multiple of the factors 3 and 5.

(ii) 1 × 15 = 15.

Here, 1 and 15 are the factors of multiple 15.

Thus, the multiple 15 has four factors, 1, 3, 5 and 15.

(iii) 1 × 3 × 5 = 15.

It also expresses that 1, 3 and 5 are the factors of 15.

(iv) 4 × 3 = 12,

i.e., 4 multiplied by 3 gives the product 12. We can say 4 and 3 are the factors of multiple 12.

Accordingly, 2 × 2 × 3 = 12, where 2, 2 and 3 are the factors of multiple 12.

also 1 × 2 × 2 × 3 = 12.

So 1, 2, 2 and 3 are the factors of 12.

1 × 2 × 6 = 12, or, 1 × 4 × 3 = 12 shows that 1, 2, 4, 6 are the factors of 12.

1 × 12 = 12

So, 1 and 12 are the factors of 12.

Hence, 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 and 12 are the factors of the multiple 12.

There are no other factors except 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 and 12 of multiple 12.

Any multiple has a definite number of factors.

12 has 6 factors, i.e., 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 and 12.

15 has 4 factors, i.e., 1, 3, 5 and 15.

How to find the factors with the help of multiplication facts?

Using multiplication facts,

(i) Factor     Factor     Multiple

7    ×    9      =    63

(ii) Factor     Factor     Multiple

8    ×    4      =      32

(iii) Factor     Factor     Multiple

6    ×    5      =      30

We learnt that the product of the two numbers is the multiple of each of the numbers.

In other words: each of the numbers is the factor of the multiple.

(i) 7 and 9 are factors of 63

(ii) 8 and 4 are factors of 32

(iii) 6 and 5 are factors of 30

Note:

Any number which can be divided into a bigger number without leaving a remainder is a factor of the bigger number.

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