# commutative property

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## com·mu·ta·tive property

(kə-myo͞o′tə-tĭv, kŏm′yə-tā′tĭv)
The property of addition and multiplication which states that a difference in the order in which numbers are added or multiplied will not change the result of the operation. For example, 2 + 3 gives the same sum as 3 + 2, and 2 × 3 gives the same product as 3 × 2. See also associative property, distributive property.
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Specific focus areas were students' ability to reason and explain their knowledge and their understanding and use of arrays, the commutative property, the distributive property, and the inverse relationship between multiplication and division.
In this activity, students explore the Commutative Property by examining true/false equations.
being a property of a mathematical operation (as addition or multiplication) in which the result does not depend on the order of the elements <The commutative property of addition states that 1 + 2 and 2 + 1 will both have a sum of 3.
The first two problems sought to establish how multiplication without zero was solved and explained and if the subject used the commutative property of multiplication as an explanation.
building addition facts to at least 20 by recognising patterns or applying the commutative property, e.