What is a Multiple? Definition and Examples


What is a multiple? A multiple of a whole number is the product of that number and an integer. 

Multiple of a number

For example, 35 is a multiple of 5 because the product of 5 and 7 is 35. By the same toke, -35 is also a multiple of 5 because the product of 5 and -7 is -35.

Some multiples of 5 are shown below in red.

5 × 0 = 0

5 × 1 = 5

5 × 2 = 10

5 × 3 = 15

5 × 4 = 20

5 × 5 = 25

5 × 6 = 30

5 × 7 = 35

5 × 8 = 40

5 × 9 = 45

Notice that zero is also a multiple of 5. In fact, zero is a multiple of every number since zero × any number is equal to 0.

More examples of multiples


Some multiples of 3 are: -18, -15, -12, -9, -6, -3, 0, 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, and 18

Some multiples of 7 are: -42, -35, -28, -21, -14, -7, 0, 7, 14, 21, 28, 35, and 42

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