# How to Use the Multiply Function in Python: a *

Python provides several math functions that allow you to easily do math operations on numbers. One of those math functions is the multiply function, or the * operator. To use the multiply function, you must have the following operator syntax:

``````a * b
``````

Where `a` and `b` are the two numbers you want to multiply together.

## Step-by-step Instructions

1. Gather the two numbers you want to multiply together and assign them to variables. For example:
``````a = 5
b = 4
``````

Once you’ve assigned the two numbers to their respective variables, you can use the `*` operator to multiply them together. For example:

``````total = a * b
``````

Print the result of the multiplication:

``````print(total)
``````

The output of this operation should be `20`.

## FAQs

### What is the syntax for using the multiply function in Python?

The syntax for using the multiply function in Python is the following:

``````a * b
``````

Where `a` and `b` are the two numbers you want to multiply together.

### Can I use the multiply operator with non-numeric data types?

No, the multiply operator cannot be used with non-numeric data types such as strings or lists.

### Is it necessary to store the two numbers in variables before performing the multiplication operation?

No, it is not necessary to store the two numbers in variables before performing the multiplication operation. However, it is a good practice to do so, as it makes the code more readable.

### Can I use the multiply operator to multiply two strings together?

No, the multiply operator can only be used with numerical data types, not strings.

### What is the result of multiplying two numbers together that are both equal to 0?

The result of multiplying two numbers that are both equal to 0 is also 0.

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