PhET Interactive Simulations
University of Colorado Boulder
- Area Model
- 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.