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# What is the property of addition and multiplication that makes it possible to change the order of the numbers and get the same answer?

Updated: 9/18/2023

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commutative and associative.

If the sentence has parentheses then it is associative.

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Q: What is the property of addition and multiplication that makes it possible to change the order of the numbers and get the same answer?
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### When you change the order of numbers what is it called?

That is the commutative property of either multiplication or addition.

### What is the distributive property in addition?

The distributive property OF MULTIPLICATION over addition is a*(b + c) = a*b + a*c for any numbers a, b and c.

### What is a distributive property of multiplication?

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### Can you do distributive property on the number 20?

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The distributive property is applicably to the operation of multiplication over either addition or subtraction of numbers. It does not apply to single numbers.

### What signs go with only the associative property?

The answer cannot be addition of numbers because that sign can also go with the commutative property, not "only the associative property" as required by the question. For the same reason, the answer cannot be multiplication of numbers. Also, in both cases, multiplication is distributive over addition.

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Yes. The distributive property of multiplication over addition may help.

### What property shows that numbers can be regrouped when being added or multiplied without changing their value?

The commutative property of addition and the commutative property of multiplication.

### What property states that the order of two numbers in an addition or multiplication problem can be changing the result of the problem?

That is non-commutativity. Matrix multiplication is non-commutative although addition still is.

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