**Multiple Number Names: An Exercise in Multiplication**

*by Elaine Ernst Schneider*

Here’s a twist for multiplication! – a fun way to practice multi-digit problems. The idea is to assign a number to each letter of the alphabet and then figure out “number names.”

Here’s your alphabet/number chart:

Now take a short name and fit the numbers to the letters. Let’s try Bob.

Bob = 2(2 is for B) times 15(15 is for O) times 2(2 is for another B)

Bob = 2 X 15 X 2

Bob = 30 X 2

Bob = 60

Bob’s “number name” is 60.

How about a longer name? Let’s try Annie.

Annie = 1 X 14 X 14 X 9 X 5

Annie = 14 X 14 X 9 X 5

Annie = 196 X 9 X 5

Annie = 1764 X 5

Annie = 8820

Annie’s “number name” is 8820.

Here are some names for you to try:

Suzie

Alison

Billy

Edward

Paige

Katie

Nickie

(answers are at the end of this lesson)

Now multiply all your friend’s names. Use your number names as code names for signing private messages.

Variation: Multiply the alphabet numbers in different orders, not just left to right. You will note that the answer remains constant.

Answers:

Suzie = 466,830

Alison = 430,920

Billy = 64,800

Edward = 33,120

Paige = 5040

Katie = 9900

Nickie = 187,110

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