Area Model Introduction

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PhET Interactive Simulations
University of Colorado Boulder


  • Factors
  • Products
  • Area Model
  • Multiplication
  • Partial Products


Build rectangles of various sizes and relate multiplication to area. Partition a rectangle into two areas to discover the distributive property.

Sample Learning Goals

  • Recognize that area represents the product of two numbers.
  • Develop and justify a strategy that uses the area model to simplify a multiplication problem.
  • Represent a multiplication problem as the proportional area of a rectangle.
  • Looks for patterns in the total area calculation.
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