Associative

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A binary operation '*' is associative if, for all values of a, b, and c; a * (b * c) = (a * b) * c.[1]

Some binary operations that are associative are:

  • Addition: a + (b + c) = (a + b) + c.
  • Multiplication: a(bc) = (ab)c.

A binary operation that is not associative is:

  • Subtraction: a - (b - c) ≠ (a - b) - c.

References

  1. Fine, Henry B., Ph. D.. Number-System of Algebra Treated Theoretically and Historically. 2nd edition. pg 5. www.archive.org. D. C. Heath & Co., Boston, U.S.A.. 1907. Last Accessed 8/6/2018. http://www.archive.org/stream/thenumbersystemo17920gut/17920-pdf#page/n14/mode/1up/search/associative. Buy the book
  2. Gilbert, Jimmie; and Gilbert Linda. Elements of Modern Algebra. 6th edition. pp 28-29. Thomson, Brooks/Cole. 2005. Buy the book

More Information

  • McAdams, David E.. Associative Property of Addition. allmathwords.org. All Math Words Encyclopedia. Life is a Story Problem LLC. 6/19/2018. http://www.allmathwords.org/en/a/associativeaddition.html.
  • McAdams, David E.. Associative Property of Multiplication. allmathwords.org. All Math Words Encyclopedia. Life is a Story Problem LLC. 6/19/2018. http://www.allmathwords.org/en/a/associativemultiplication.html.

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McAdams, David E. Associative. 6/15/2018. All Math Words Encyclopedia. Life is a Story Problem LLC. http://www.allmathwords.org/en/a/associative.html.

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