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Definition Of Associative Property Of Multiplication

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What Is Associative Property Of Multiplication?


This property is a subset of Properties Of Multiplication. To learn about other properties of multiplication see Properties Of Multiplication.
  • Associatively means that changing the order of number groups does not change the answer. That is, changing the parentheses in a math problem will not change the answer. Example:
        (3 x 2) x 1 = 2 x (1 x 3)
        6 x 1 = 2 x 3
        6 = 6



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(1 x 2) x 3 =
  1 x (2 x 3)
2 x 3 = 1 x 6
6 = 6
(a x b) x c =
  a x (b x c)


If you want to learn about the Math Properties of Subtraction, Addition, or Division see Math Properties.