Associative Property of Multiplication
Pronunciation: /əˈsoʊ.siˌeɪ.tɪv ˈprɒp.ər.ti ʌv ˌmʌl.tə.plɪˈkeɪ.ʃən/ Explain
The associative property of multiplication states that, when
multiplying three numbers, it does not matter in which order they are
multiplied.^{[2]} 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. 
References
 McAdams, David E.. All Math Words Dictionary, associative property of multiplication. 2nd Classroom edition 201501084799968. pg 21. Life is a Story Problem LLC. January 8, 2015. Buy the book
 Fine, Henry B., Ph. D.. NumberSystem of Algebra Treated Theoretically and Historically. 2nd edition. pg 5. www.archive.org. D. C. Heath & Co., Boston, U.S.A.. 1907. Last Accessed 6/12/2018. http://www.archive.org/stream/thenumbersystemo17920gut/17920pdf#page/n14/mode/1up/search/associative. Buy the book
 Bettinger, Alvin K. and Englund, John A.. Algebra and Trigonometry. pg 2. www.archive.org. International Textbook Company. January 1963. Last Accessed 6/12/2018. http://www.archive.org/stream/algebraandtrigon033520mbp#page/n18/mode/1up. Buy the book
More Information
 McAdams, David E.. Associative. allmathwords.org. All Math Words Encyclopedia. Life is a Story Problem LLC. 6/19/2018. https://www.allmathwords.org/en/a/associative.html.
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