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TABLE OF PYTHAGORAS.

1

2

3

11

12

13

14

15

16

17

2

22 | 24 | 26

28 30 32 34

36

3 41.51 61 7 8 9 10

18 19 20
2 | 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20

38 40
3 6 | 9 | 12 15 18 21 24 27 30 33 36 39 42 45 48 51 54 57 60
| 4 8 12 16 20 24 28 32 36 40 44 48 52 56 60 64 68 72 76 80

10 15 20 25 30 35 40 45 50 55 60 65 70 75 80 85 90 95 100
12 18 24 30 36 42 48 54 60 66 72 78 84 90 96 102 108 114 120

28 35 42
16 24 32 40 48 56 64 72 80 88

5

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8

80 || 88 96 104 112 120, 128 136 144 152 160

V 99 108 117 126 135 144 153 162 171 180

9

18

27

36

54

72

81 90

10

20

30

40

50

60

70

80

90 1100 1'110 1120 130 140 150 160 170 (180 190 200

To form this table, write the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, &c. as far as you wish the table to extend, in a line horizontally. This is the first or upper row. To form the second row, add these numbers to themselves, and write them in a row directly under the first. Thus. 1 and 1 are 2; 2 and 2 are 4; 3 and 3 are 6; 4 and 4 are 8; &c. To form the third row, add the second row to the first, thus 2 and 1 are 3; 4 and 2 are 6; 6 and 3 are 9; 8 and 4 are 12; &c. This will evidently contain the first row three times. To form the fourth row, add the third to the first, and so on, till you have formed as many rows as you wish the table to contain.

When the formation of this table is well understood, the mode of using it may be easily conceived. If for instance the product of 7 by 5, ibat is, 5 times 7, were required, look for 7 in the upper row, then directly under it in the fifth row, you find 35, which is 7 repeated 5 times. In the same manner any other product

If you seek in the table of Pythagoras for the product of 5 by 7, or 7 times 5, look for 5 in the first row, and directly under it in the seventh row you will find 35, as before. It appears therefore that 5 times 7 is the same as 7 times 5. In the saine manner 4 times 8 are 32, and 8 times 4 are 32; 3 times 9 are 27, and 9 times 3 are 27. In fact this will be found to be true with respect to all the numbers in the table. From this we should be led to suppose, that, whatever be the two numbers which are to be multiplied together, the produet will be the same, whichsoever of them be made the multiplier.

The few products contained in the table of Pythagoras are not sufficient to warrant this conclusion. For analogical reasoning is not allowed in' mathematics, except to discover the probability of the existence of facts. But the facts are not to be admitted as truths until they are demonstrated. I shall, therefore give a demonstration of the above fact; which, besides prov

may be found.

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ing the fact, will be a good illustration of the manner in which the product of two numbers is formed.

There is an orchard, in which there are 4 rows of trees, and there are 7 trees in each row.

If one tree be taken from each row, a row may be made consisting of four trees; then

one more taken from each row will make another row of four trees; and since there are seven trees in each row, it is evident that in this way seven rows, of four trees each, may be made of them. But the number of trees remains the same, which way soever they are counted.

Now whatever be the number of trees in each row, if they are all alike, it is plain that as many rows, of four each, can be made, as there are trees in a row. Or whatever be the number of rows of seven each, it is evident that seven rows can be made of them, each row consisting of a number equal to the number of rows. In fine, whatever be the number of rows and whatever be the number in each row, it is plaio that by taking one from each row a new row may be made, containing a number of trees equal to the number of rows, and that there will be as many rows of the latter kind, as there were trees in a row of the former kind.

The same thing may be demonstrated abşıractly as follows: 6 times 5 means 6 times each of the units in 5; but 6 times 1 is 6, and 6 times 5 will be 5 times as much, that is, 5 times 6.

Generally, to multiply one number by another, is to repeat the first number as many times as there are units in the second number. To do this, each unit in the first must be repeated as many times as there are units in the second. But each unit of the first repeated so many times, makes a number equal to the second; therefore the second number will be repeated as many timas as there are units in the first. Hence the product of two numbers will always be the same, whichsoever be made multiplier.

Here say

What will 254 pounds of meat cost, at 7 cents a pound?

This question will show the use of the above proposition; for 254 pounds will cost 254 times as much as 1 pound; but 1 pound costs 7 cents, thorefore it will cost 254 times 7. But since we know that 254 times 7 is the same as 7 times 254, it will be much more convenient to multiply 254 by 7. It is easy to show here that the result must be the same ; for 254 pounds at 1 cent a pound would come to 254 cents; al 7 cents a pound therefore it must come to 7 times as much.

Operation.
254

ny times 4 are 28 ; reserving the 2 (tens) write the

8 (units); then 7 times 5 (tens) are Ans. 1778 cents. 35 (tens) and 2 (tens) which were reserved are 37 (tens); write the 7 (tens) and reserve the 3 (hundreds); then 7 times 2 (hundreds) are 14 (hundreds) and 3 which were reserved are 17 (hundreds). The answer is 1778 cents; and since 100 cents make a dollar, we may say 17 dollars and 78 cents.

The process of multiplication, by a single figure, may be expressed thus : Multiply each figure of the multiplicand by the multiplier, beginning at the right hand, and carry as in addition.

IV. What will 24 oxen come to, at 47 dollars apiece ?

It does not appear so easy to multiply by 24 as by a number consisting only of one figure ; but we may first find the price of 6 oxen, and then 4 times as much will be the price of 24 oxen.

Operation:
47
6

282 dolls. price of 6 oxen.

4

1128 dolls. price of 24 oxen. Or thus 47

4

188 dolls. price of 4 oxen.

6

1128 dolls. price of 24 oxen. A number which is a product of two or more numbers

called a composite or compound number. The numbers, which, being multiplied together, produce the number, are called factors of that number. 4 is a composite number, its factors are 2 and 2, because 2 times 2 are 4. 6 is also a composite number, its factors are 2 and 3. The numbers 8, 9, 10, 12, 14, 15, &c. are composite numbers; some of them have only two factors and some have several. The sigu X, a cross, in which neither of the marks is either horizontal or perpendicular, is used to express multiplication. Thus 3 x 2 = 6, signifies 2 times 3 are equal to 6. 2 x 3 x 5 = 30, signifies 3 times 2 are 6, and 5 times 6 are 30.

Numbers which have several factors, may be divided into a number of factors, less than the whole number of factors, in several ways. 24, for example, has 4 factors, thic 2 * 2 * 2 * 3 = 24. This may be divided into a factors and into 3 factors in several different ways.

['hus 4 x 6 = 24; 2 x 2 x 6 = 24;3 x 8 = 24; 2: 12 = 24; 2 x 6 x 2 = 24.

When several numbers are to be multiplied together, it will make no difference in what order they are multiplied, the result will always be the same.

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