Skill 12D
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 =

Which 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.