Thursday, 21 March 2019

Investigating the Statement, the product of 2 Factors is always larger than either of the factors.

Investigating the Statement, the product of 2 Factors is always larger than either of the factors.



Eloi discovered that the statement is NOT true.  Immediately he noticed that there are other possible outcomes.
Of course normally when you multiply two numbers the product will be greater but there are some really interesting exceptions.

Naomi noticed that it might be different if you use negative numbers.   Positive 2 times negative 2 equal s negative 4.  Smaller than either of the factors?

Edward noticed that multiplying by a decimal would have the same effect.

We noticed that when a fraction is multiplied by a fraction the product is smaller than the factors.
1/2 x 1/2 = 1/4

One quarter is smaller than one half.

Good investigating everybody!

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