# Commutativity

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## Commutativity

a property of the addition and multiplication of numbers expressed by the identities a + b = b + a and ab = ba. In a more general sense, the operation a * b is termed commutative if a * b = b *a. Addition and multiplication of polynomials, for example, have the property of commutativity; vector multiplication (see VECTOR PRODUCT) is not commutative since [a,b] = — [b,a].

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This is a very powerful representation of the commutative property without even having to rotate the array
That is 13 x 6 can be considered as (10 x 6) + (3 x 6) or in combination with the commutative property, 6 x 13 can be considered as (6 x 10) + 3 x 10).
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This approach to learning mathematics led children to a deeper understanding of the meaning of multiplication and its connection to other mathematical ideas, such as the commutative property and its inverse operation.
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Figure 2 shows the result of clicking on 3 after having clicked on 2, illustrating the commutative property of multiplication: 2 x 3 = 6 and 3 x 2 = 6.
Finally, explanations that were based on the commutative property of multiplication were considered MB explanations.
Twelve of the students, having an informal concept of the commutative property, recognised common factors and reduced before multiplying.
students establish equivalence relationships between mathematical expressions, using properties such as the commutative property of multiplication.
There were a number of students that demonstrated an understanding of the commutative property of numbers (7 x 8 and 8 x 7, 30 + 26 and 26 + 30).

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