# What is a synonym for commutative property?

**abelian group**

### What is the difference between the commutative property and associative property?

In the case of addition: Commutative property: a + b = b + a Associative property: (a + b) + c = a + (b + c) Note that (1) the commutative property involves two numbers; the associative property involves three; and (2) the commutative property changes the order of the operands; the associative property doesn't. Repeatedly applying the two properties allow you to rearrange an addition that involves several numbers in any order.

### Is there a commutative property of division?

There is no commutative property of division. Commutative means to exchange places of numbers. If you exchange the place of numbers in a division problem, you would affect the answer. So, commutative property applies only to addition or multiplication. Not really; for example, 2/1 = 2, and 1/2 = 0.5. However, you can convert any division into a multiplication, and apply the commutative property of multiplication. For example, 6 / 3 = 6 x (1/2)…

### What is the commutative property in math?

The commutative property of a binary operator states that the order of the operands does not affect the result. Thus x ^ y = y ^ x where ^ is the binary operator. Addition and multiplication of numbers are two common operators that are commutative. Subtraction and division are two common ones that are not commutative.