# Multiplication

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**Multiplication** is repeated addition. There are many signs of multiplication, and the famous is "\(\times\)" (read as times). Other signs are "\(.\)" (dot), "\(()\)" (opening and closing parentheses), and "\(*\)" (asterisk). For example, \(4 \times 6\) can be written as \(4 \cdot 6\), or \(4(6)\), or \(4*6\). Multiplication is the inverse (or "opposite") of division. It is recommended that we memorize the multiplication table. For example, \(4 \times 6\) means that \(4+4+4+4+4+4=24\) or \(6+6+6+6=24\).

If I eat \(5\) apples a day regularly, what is the total number of apples I eat in a week?

In \(1\) week there are \(7\) days, so the total number of apples I eat in a week is \(5 \times 7=35,\) or \(5+5+5+5+5+5+5=35,\) or \(7+7+7+7+7=35.\) \(_\square\)