In this lesson, you'll learn how to use the table or box method for long multiplication, which helps separate the multiplying and adding steps. By breaking down large numbers into smaller, more manageable components, you'll discover an easier way to calculate them. This method also lays the foundation for algebraic FOIL and can even be used for multiplying fractions.
This alternative method of doing long multiplication helps to separate the multiplying from the adding. The method also gives greater insight into what long multiplication is, and helps lay a foundation for algebra FOIL later.