# 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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The connectionist nature of the teaching taking place is underlined by Carl's comment: "We're teaching arrays as representations of the commutative property and it needs to have a whole focus to understand the connections".
While the Commutative Property provides the context for this activity, the activity is about far more than having students understand the property, since students probably already understand it intuitively.
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This conversation gets to the heart of the commutative property as something to consider rather than a definition to memorise (Warren, 2003).
Soon another teacher announced that the same generalization applied to even-numbered rows; the pattern emerged when the commutative property of multiplication was applied.
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