Here’s 8 with its factors: ‘two fours’ and ‘four twos’ which you see to the right.
Remember if you can find rods of the same colour which are the same length as another rod, as in the picture to the left, they are called factors of that number.
At the extreme right is the DUST of 8, ‘two times two times two’, 2x2x2
This is the ATOMIC STRUCTURE OF 8 in terms of multiplication.
Why is it useful and very very good indeed?
Because from the dust, 2x2x2, you can, if you feel like it:
Build ALL combinations of factors of a product
THIS BEATS ‘tables’
DUST EATS ‘tables’
DUST IS ABOVE ‘tables’
DUST BEATS ‘tables’
DUST LIES ON TOP OF ‘tables’ AS WE KNOW ONLY TOO WELL!
ps if you keep saying ‘tables’ it sounds weird too…