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Factorize Two

This interactive Java applet helps students explore the relationship between area and multiplication. Users are asked to draw all possible factorizations of a number as rectangular arrays by clicking and dragging across a grid. Options include the use of the commutative property (e.g., user must enter both 2x4 and 4x2 for factors of 8 represented by different orientations of the array), entering a number of the user's own choice, and an optional scoring feature allowing users to keep track of the number correct.
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This resource is included in the following PD Collection(s):
Rectangular ArraysThis collection includes resources for introducing both discrete (separate objects) and continuous (area model) arrays to young learners. The resources provide suggestions about how to use arrays to introduce students to ways of organizing collections of objects, to repeated addition, to multiplication, to factorization, and to area. Helping young learners to develop a deep understanding of the characteristics of arrays will provide the foundations they will use when learning about multiplication and division, area measurement, and fractions.
Math TopicMeasurement, Number Sense, Basic Operations, Number Concepts, Number Theory, Mathematical Processes
Grade Level2, 3, 4
Resource TypeInteractive Media

  • Additional Information
    • AudienceEducator, Learner
    • LanguageEnglish (USA)
    • Education Topic
    • Interdisciplinary Connection
    • Professional DevelopmentNo
    • ContributorShodor, Publisher
    • Publication Date2004
    • RightsCreative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License
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    • AccessFree access
  • Standards
    • Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

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