# Multiples

## What Is a Multiple?

A multiple is the result of multiplying a number by an integer (a whole number).

### Dictionary Definition

The Oxford English Dictionary defines a multiple as "a quantity which results from multiplying the given quantity by an integer."

## A Real Example of Multiples

It is easier to understand multiples with an example.

The multiples of 3 are found by multiplying 3 by the integers: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5... • 3 is the result of multiplying 3 by 1.

• 6 is the result of multiplying 3 by 2.

• 9 is the result of multiplying 3 by 3.

• 12 is the result of multiplying 3 by 4.

• 15 is the result of multiplying 3 by 5.

Note: Multiples of a number are like the times tables of a number.

## More Examples of Multiples

• The multiples of 2 are: • The multiples of 5 are: • The multiples of 7 are: ## How to Find the Multiples of a Number

To find multiples of a number, multiply it by successive integers: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5...

For example, to find multiples of 4, multiply it by successive integers:

4 × 1 = 4

4 × 2 = 8

4 × 3 = 12

4 × 4 = 16

4 × 5 = 20