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 Associative Properties:  Properties that denote an operation is independent of grouping.

For example:

The associative property of addition states: (a + b) + c = a + (b + c).

An example is (5 + 2) + 6 = 5 + (2 + 6), because both sides of the equation equal 13, no matter which two terms you add first.


The associative property of multiplication states: (ab)c = a(bc).

An example is (5 x 2) x 6 = 5 x (2 x 6), because both sides of the equation equal 60, no matter which two terms you multiply first.