The associative property of multiplication states that, when multiplying three numbers, it does not matter in which order they are multiplied.^{[1]} This is expressed by the equation: a·(b·c) = (a·b)·c.
One way to remember the associative property of multiplication is to use the root word, 'associate'. So in the associative property of multiplication, the variables 'b' and 'c' associate closely on one side of the equals, while 'a' and 'b' associate closely on the other side.
A
representation
of the associative property of multiplication using dots is:
Figure 1: 3·(2·4) = (3·2)·4 = 24. |
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