Algebra: Multiply with 3 Factors
The Associative Property says that when multiplying we can associate (group) any numbers together with parentheses and the answer will not change. This is not true with division.
|Look at the three problems below.
If the grouping of the factors changes, will the product change?
|(4 x 1) x 2
4 x (2 x 3) =
(2 x 3) x 7 =
answer explains the Associative Property.
(also called the Grouping Property)
|A. The product of zero and any number equals 0.|
|B. Changing the order of the factors does not change the product (numbers can be multiplied in any order).|
|C. When you change the grouping of factors the product stays the same.|
|D. Any number multiplied by 1 stays the same.|