Commutative property of multiplication review

Review the basics of the commutative property of multiplication, and try some practice problems.

What is the commutative property?

The commutative property is a math rule that says that the order in which we multiply numbers does not change the product.
Example:
start color blueD, 8, end color blueD, times, start color purpleD, 2, end color purpleD, equals, start color pink, 16, end color pink
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start color purpleD, 2, end color purpleD, times, start color blueD, 8, end color blueD, equals, start color pink, 16, end color pink
So, start color blueD, 8, end color blueD, times, start color purpleD, 2, end color purpleD, equals, start color purpleD, 2, end color purpleD, times, start color blueD, 8, end color blueD.
Want to learn more about the commutative property? Check out this video.
Want to know why the commutative property is helpful? Check out this article.

Practice

Problem 1
Complete the equation.
4, times, 3, space, equals, space
  • Your answer should be
  • an integer, like 6
  • an exact decimal, like 0, point, 75
  • a simplified proper fraction, like 3, slash, 5
  • a simplified improper fraction, like 7, slash, 4
  • a mixed number, like 1, space, 3, slash, 4
times, space, 4
space

Want to try more problems like this? Check out this exercise.