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13. Ways to Multiply and Divide

Maniratnam – The Cashier

Maniratnam is the cashier of king Jayan. His job is to find out the salary of all the people who work for the king. This chart shows how much salary each person gets in a day.

A man is sitting on the floor with few papers in his hand and small table is kept in front of him.


Salary in a day


Rs 195

Horse rider

Rs 76


Rs 65

Maniratnam wanted to calculate the salary of the cook for the month of January. He wrote —








60X1 5X1



Rupees 1800 + 150 + 60 + 5 = Rs _____

Maniratnam’s daughter Bela has learnt another method to multiply. She wrote like this and showed it to Bhanu, her brother.

Akka, how did you do this?

A boy is thinking something.


We can multiply 65 with 31 in two steps. We know 31 is 30 + 1. So, first multiply 65 with 1 and then with 30.

A girl

Now Bhanu tried to find the salary of a minister for the month of January. He wanted to multiply 195 × 31.

A boy is pointing his hand out.

To multiply by 30 I first write a zero here. Then I only have to multiply by 3.

Practice time

1) Use Bela s method to multiply these numbers. ’

a) 32 × 46

b) 67 × 18

    3 2

× 4 6


1 9 2            ( 3 2 × 6 )

+ _ _ _ _       ( 3 2 × 4 0 )




× 18


     -----          ( 67× 8 )

+ 670       ( 67 × ---- )



2) Do these in your notebook using Bela’s method.

a) 47 × 19 b) 188 × 91

c) 63 × 57 d) 225 × 22

e) 360 × 12 f ) 163 × 42

A boy is dancing with two birds.

Shantaram a Special Cook

* Shantaram is a special cook who comes only on party days. Last year he was called for only 28 days. For each day he has to be paid Rs 165. Find out how much money he will get in all.

* If he is called for all days of the year, how much salary will he get?


× 365


 _ _ _ _          (165 × 5 )

 _ _ _ _       ( 165 × 60 )

+49500       ( 165 × 300 )



Three men a and a horse. One man is holding a bowl of sweets in his hand.

Now find the salaries of the minister and horse rider for 1 year.

Years and Years

a) Sohan drinks 8 glasses of water every day.

How many glasses will he drink in one month? _____

How many glasses will he drink in one year?

* If 125 people living in a colony drink 8 glasses of water in a day, how much water will they drink in a year?

Can you guess how many glasses of drinking water are used in a day in your colony?

There are so many glasses lying one above the other and so many people are standing. A bird is drinking water from a glass.

b) If Soha’s heart beats 72 times in one minute, how many times does it beat in one hour?

1. Now find out how many times it beats in one day.

2. Count your own heart beats to find out how many times your heart beats in one week.

Guess how many times it beats in one year.

c) A baby elephant drinks around 12 L of milk every day. How much milk will it drink in two years?

d) A baby blue whale drinks around 200 L of milk in one day. Just imagine how much milk that is! Find out in how many days your family would use 200 L milk. How much milk would the baby blue whale drink in eight months?

An elephant is drinking water from a bucket using its trunk.

A fish in the water.

Karunya — The Landlord

Karunya bought three fields.

There is a man and there are three pieces of land marked A, B and C respectively. The length of field A is twenty seven meters and width is twenty eight meters. The length of field B is thirty six meters and width is twelve meters. The length of field C is twenty seven meters and width is nineteen meters.

Find the area of all the three fields.

Field (A) _____ square metre.

Field (B) _____ square metre.

Field (C) _____ square metre.

He bought field (A) at the rate of Rs 95 for a square metre, field (B) at Rs 110 for a square metre and field (C) at Rs 120 for a square metre.

Hum, did he spend more than a lakh of rupees!

A bird

* Find the cost of all three fields.

Thulasi and her husband work on Karunya’s farm. The Government has said that farm workers should be paid at least Rs 71 for one day s work. But he pays Rs 55 to Thulasi and Rs 58 to her husband.

If Thulasi works for 49 days, how much money does she get? _____

If her husband works for 42 days, how much money does he get? _____

Find the money they earn together _____

Oh! He does not give them the minimum wage?

Two birds

And why does he pay less to Thulasi and more to her husband? Discuss.

Two birds

I saw this in the newspaper.

Governments of different states have said that farmworkers should not be paid less than this salary for a day's work.


Salary for one day


Rs 135


Rs 73

Madhya Pradesh

Rs 97


Rs 75

The table shows the amounts fixed by four states.

a) For farm work which state has fixed the highest amount? Which state has fixed the lowest?

b) Bhairon Singh is a worker in Rajasthan. If he works for 8 weeks on the farm, how much will he earn?

c) Neelam is a worker in Haryana. If she works for 2½ months on the farm, how much will she earn?

d) How much more will a farm worker in Madhya Pradesh get than a worker in Orissa after working for 9 weeks?

Farmers in Vidarbha (Maharashtra)

Vidarbha is facing a very serious problem. There was no rain and crops failed. Many farmers were unhappy.

Some farmers even ended their own lives. A newspaper reporter went around the area and spoke to the people. He wrote these two reports.

Satish’s story

Satish is a 13 year old boy. His father had taken a loan for farming. But the crops failed. Now Satish’s mother has to pay Rs 5000 every month for the loan.

Satish started working — he looked after 17 goats of the village.

He earns Rupee 1 everyday for one goat.

How much will he earn in one month?

* Does he earn enough to help pay the loan every month?

* How much will he earn in one year?

A boy standing near a farm.

Kamla Bai’s story

To help farmers the State Government gave cows. Kamla Bai Gudhe also got a cow. The cost of the cow was Rs 17,500. She had topayRs5,500andthegovernment spent the rest of the money.

How much did the government spend on the cow?

A woman with a cow.

* If 9 people from her village got cows, how much did the government spend in all?

But Kamla Bai was not happy. She had to spend Rs 85 everyday on the cow. She made some money by selling the milk. But still she wanted to sell the cow.

* If Kamla Bai spends Rs 85 a day, find out how much she will spend in one month.

* The cow gives 8 litre of milk everyday. How much will it give in one month?

If the milk is sold at Rs 9 per litre, how much money will Kamla Bai make in one month? _____

So the money spent on keeping the cow was Rs _____

Money earned by selling the milk Rs _____

Which is more — money spent on the cow or money earned from it? How much?

Explain why she wanted to sell the cow.

Find out — how much do you pay for 1 litre of milk?

A bird

Practice time

a) Sukhi works on a farm. He is paid Rs 98 for one day. If he works for 52 days, how much will he earn?

A man working in farms.

b) Hariya took a loan to build his house. He has to pay back Rs 2,750 every month for two years. How much will he pay back in 2 years?

A man is standing near a small hut like house.

c) Ratiram is a milk seller in the city. He sells 13 litres of milk everyday at Rs 23 per litre. How much does he earn?

A woman with a cow.

d) A farmer sells 1 litre of milk for Rs 11. In one month he sells 210 litres of milk. How much does he earn in a month?

A man is carrying two big containers, one in each hand.

e) A company sells 1 litre of packed water for Rs 12. A shopkeeper buys 240 litres of packed water. How much does he pay?

A shopkeeper standing in his small shop.

Oh God! Water costs more than milk!! In the city people buy water for Rs 12 per litre!

A bird

Fun with multiplication

A) Look for the pattern and take this forward.

(0× 9) + 1 = 1

(1× 9) + 2 = 11

(12× 9) + 3 = 111

(123× 9) + 4 = ________

(1234 ×9) + 5 = ________

(12345 ×9) + 6 = ________

B) Each letter a,b,c here stands for a number.

Take a = 1, then find what the numbers b and c will be.

a a a
× a a a
a a a
a a a 0
a a a 0 0
a b c b a

Take a = 1, then find what the numbers b and c will be.

C) Tricks with your age.

Write your age _____

Multiply it by 7 _____

Again multiply the answer by 13 _____

Multiply again that answer by 11 _____

A girl and a boy.

A girl

Now look at your last answer. Can you find your age in that answer?

How many times does your age show in the answer?

Now try this trick with other people.

D) Going round and round!

A pattern drawn with some circles and a triangle. Numbers one to five are written on top and bottom of the pattern.


× 1




× 2




× 3




× 4




× 5



Do you find a pattern in all these answers? Discuss this with your friends.


Dolma took a loan from a friend to buy a moped for Rs 9,588. She has to pay it back in equal amounts every month for six months.

* How much will she have to pay every month? She asked her children to calculate.

A girl with her motorbike.

Her daughter did it this way.


Her son started this way.

Now you complete it.

Will both of them get the same answer? Discuss.

Practice time

Try to solve these using as few steps as you can.

a) 4228 ÷ 4 b) 770 ÷ 22 c) 9872 ÷ 8

d) 672 ÷ 21 e) 772 ÷ 7 f ) 639 ÷ 13

How Many Times?

976 children are going on a picnic.

They will be taken in mini buses. If 25 children can go in one bus, how many buses do they need?

1. Two children have solved it. Check if they have made a mistake—correctit. Discuss.

A lot of mini buses.


Ans. We need 39 buses.

Ans. We need 40 buses.

Giving children the opportunity to find and discuss the errors in these examples will help their own understanding about the different steps for division. In A) a very common error has been given in which children either forget or do not understand the remainder. In B) there is a simple error of multiplication but there is also a more interesting question of whether the child has shown one extra bus for one remaining child.

How Much Petrol?

Isha has Rs 1000 with her. She wants to buy petrol. One litre of petrol costs Rs 47. How many litres can she buy?

Money with Isha = Rs 1000

Cost of 1litre = Rs 47

Litres of petrol she can buy = Rs 1000 ÷ Rs 47 = ?

Isha can buy _____ litres of petrol.

Find out

If Isha comes to your city, how much petrol can she buy with the same money?

Children's Day 

Children are happy today. They are celebrating Children’s Day.

Each child will be given 4 coloured pencils from school. The school has got 969 pencils. To find out how many children can get pencils the teacher asks them to divide.

A group of children and a lot of pencils.


Complete Iru’s and Sreeni’s way of division. What is the answer you get?

Shivangi did it by a shortcut way.

I learnt it after a lot of practice. In this you have to remember many things.

A girl

Shivangi's Way


I know that I have to divide 969 with 4. But I first only look at 9. I put an arrow to remember to bring down 6.

A girl pointing her hands out.

How did you start with 9?


A girl is thinking.

So now you only look at 16%4? What after that?

A girl

I remember to bring down 9 and divide by 4.

A girl

But then you are left with 1.

A girl

Yes! This is the remainder. 1 pencil is left.

A girl

Oh! I can't remember so many things. I will do it my way.

A girl

Practice Time

A box with so many books in it.

576 books are to be packed in boxes. If one box has 24 books, how many boxes are needed?

* 836 people are watching a movie in a hall. If the hall has 44 rows, how many people can sit in 1 row?

* A gardener bought 458 apple trees. He wants to plant 15 trees in each row. How many rows can he plant?

How many trees would be left over?

Some students are sitting and a man is holding some trees in his hands.

Brain Teaser

* Shyamli bought a battery. She read on it Life: 2000 hours’. She uses it throughout the day and the night. How many days will the battery run?

More with Multiplication and Division

A tank is full of 300 L of water. How much water will be filled in 25 tanks? If 15 buckets can be filled with one tank of water, how many buckets in all can be filled with the water in 25 tanks?

A girl is standing with a bucket in her hand near a tank full of water.

1. There are 28 in 1 kg. How many laddoos will be there in 12 kg? If 16 laddoos can be packed in 1 box, how many boxes are needed to pack all these laddoos?

A girl and a boy are eating ladoos from a box containing many ladoos.

2. There are 26 rooms in a school. Each room has 4 plants. If each plant needs 2 cups of water, how much water do we need for all the plants?

A girl is watering  plants.

Make the Best Story Problem

Each line gives a story. You have to choose the question which makes the best story problem.

The first one is already marked.

1) A shopkeeper has 50 boxes. There are 48 fruits in one box.

Tick the one question which matches with the given problem.

a) How much will the shopkeeper pay in all?

b) How many fruits are there in all?

c) How many more boxes will he need?

Explain why (a) and (c) are not good choices.

A shopkeeper with many empty boxes lying on his table and one box is full of apples.

Few students looking from a tent.

2) 352 children from a school went on a camping trip. Each tent had a group of 4 children.

a) How many children did each tent have?

b) How many tents do they need?

c) How many children in all are in the school?

3) A shopkeeper has 204 eggs. He puts them in egg trays.

Each tray has 12 eggs.

a) How many more eggs will he need?

b) How many fresh eggs does he sell?

c) How many egg trays does he need?

A man with a tray of eggs.

Such exercises will help children understand the strategies to make questions related to the concepts of division and multiplication.

4) The cost of one book is Rs 47. Sonu buys 23 books.

a) How much money does she have?

b) How much money does she pay for the books?

c) What is the cost of 47 books?

A boy with a lot of books lying on his table.

Cross Check for Harisharan

Harisharan wanted to divide Rs 2,456 amongst his 4 sons. He asked his eldest son to tell him how much money each one will get.

A man with his four sons.

Papa, each of us will get 2456/4=RS 624.

When Harisharan started giving Rs 624 to each son, he was left with less money for the youngest one.

It seems you have made some mistake in the calculations. Let me check.

Harisharan multiplied 624 with 4.

He got = Rs 2,496.

A man

Hum! This shows you have done the division wrong.

A man

A man is thinking.

The son did the division again2456/4=614.

Before telling his father he checked on his own.

614X 4=2456 Now, it is correct. Each one will get Rs 614.

Practice Time

1) Do these divisions. Check your results by multiplication.

a) 438 ÷ 9 d) 900 ÷ 10

b) 3480 ÷ 12 e) 678 ÷ 6

c) 450 ÷ 7 f ) 2475 ÷ 11

A girl is thinking.

2) Solve the given sums and colour the answers in the grid given below. See what you find.

21 × 16 15 × 7 93 × 2 17 × 5 10 × 10

26 × 26 77 × 10 50 × 10 11 × 11 59 × 7 31 × 19

85 × 30 64 × 42 3200 ÷ 40 19 × 3 248 ÷ 8

432 ÷ 18 729 ÷ 9 825 ÷ 5 221 ÷ 13 576 ÷ 12

288 ÷ 4 869 ÷ 11 847 ÷ 7 981 ÷ 3 475 ÷ 19