### Home > CC2MN > Chapter 2 > Lesson 2.2.1 > Problem 2-36

Read the Math Notes box in this lesson. Then use generic rectangles to complete the following multiplication problems.

Draw a rectangle and label the length and width with the two terms.

**A horizontal rectangle labeled as follows: bottom edge, 54, left edge, 32.**Do not attempt to draw the rectangle to scale.

Divide each term into easily multiplied smaller terms.

**Labels added to bottom edge, 50 on the left, and 4 on the right. Labels added to left edge, 30 on top, 2 on bottom.**Subdivide the rectangle so that each smaller term is the dimension of a smaller region of the rectangle.

**Rectangle is divided into 4 smaller rectangles, 2 rows of 2 columns. Each new rectangle has a label on the bottom and left edge, from the previous picture.**Multiply to find the area of each region.

**4 interior rectangles are labeled as follows: top left, 1500, top right, 120, bottom left, 100, bottom right, 8.**If the multiplication is still too difficult, try dividing the rectangle further. For example,

could be written as . Find the product by finding the sum of the smaller areas.

Follow the steps given in part (a).