# Learning the Key Words of Multiplication and Division Word Problems

## What are Key Words?

Key words are one of the best ways to help students understand complicated math problems like those that involve multiplication and division. Key words can help students determine which operations should be used to solve the problem and can also act as a guide for the order of operations when solving the problem.

## Key Words for Multiplication Problems

When trying to determine which operation is needed to solve a multiplication word problem, key words can be a great help. Common key words used in multiplication word problems include “times,” “multiplied by,” and “product.”

## Key Words for Division Problems

Key words are also helpful when trying to determine which operation is needed to solve a division word problem. Common key words used in division word problems include “divided by,” “quotient,” and “ratio.”

## Putting it All Together

By being aware of the key words used in multiplication and division word problems, students can more easily determine which operation needs to be used to solve the problem. This helps them to focus on the problem at hand and work through it more efficiently.