Try it! You will probably get a negative number...
(5 - 8) - 4 = -7 5 - (8 - 4) = 1
(A + B) + C = A + (B + C) = A + B + C
There is no evidence of the associative property in the sequence of number given in the question.
The associative property refers to mathematical expressions where the order of the number is totally interchangeable and will still yield the same answer. Changing the order of a subtraction problem will give you a different answer. For example, 4 - 1 = 3. When switched, 1 - 4 does not equal 3. It equals -3.
There is no such thing as an "associative property for subtraction". In the case of addition, for example:(10 + 6) + 3 = 10 + (6 + 3)For subtraction, the following statement is incorrect:(10 - 6) - 3 = 10 - (6 - 3)Try it out - it doesn't evaluate to the same number.
Basic number properties (including three properties) and distributive property.
Subtraction is not an identity property but it does have an identity property. The identity is 0 and each number is its own inverse with respect to subtraction. However, this is effectively the same as the inverse property of addition so there is no real need to define it as a separate property.
Associative propertyThe associative property states that when three or more expressions are added or multiplied, they may be grouped without affecting the answer. The commutative property applies within the associative property.(x + y) + z = x + (y + z)(xy)z = x(yz)This law applies with a larger number of expressions, as well as grouped expressions.(x + xy) + 3z + 5xz/2 =x + (xy + 3z) + 5xz/2 =x + (xy + 3z + 5xz/2)Again, you should think of subtraction as addition of a negative number.