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. |