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> I don't see how this actually teaches how multiplication actually works.

[snip]

> It's a clever method to avoid solving the problem the classic way of using a memorized multiplication table

Do you think multiplication actually works by means of a multiplication table?




No, if that's how I came across then that's not what I intended. Although, I feel you're a bit selective in your snips in an effort to make some kind of point. I know how multiplication works, but the memorization of the table speeds up the process. I was simply trying to say that this method was not much different, nor more superior, than table memorization.

My comment about not teaching how multiplication works is aimed at the statement made that this method is how Japanese students learn to multiply, as in the title of this thread.

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