The relevant properties are the commutative property, the associative property, and the property of zero (i.e., if you add zero to a number you get the same number again).
There is no evidence of the associative property in the sequence of number given in the question.
Closure with respect to addition and multiplication. Cummutative, Associative properties of addition and of multiplication. Distributive property of multiplication over addition.
(5 - 8) - 4 = -7 5 - (8 - 4) = 1
Try it! You will probably get a negative number...
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.