# Associative Property of Multiplication Using Models

Skill:

Rewrite or simplify algebraic expressions including the use of the commutative, associative, and distributive properties, and inverses and identities in number and word problems.

# Associative Property of Multiplication Using Models

Visualize the associative property of multiplication on algebraic expressions in this activity.

### Putting It All Together

*Answer these open ended questions on your own or with others to form deeper math connections. *

### Open-ended question 1

How are the groupings of the blocks related to the position of the parentheses in the equations?

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### Open-ended question 2

Why are parentheses called “grouping symbols”?

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### Open-ended question 3

How do the positions of the parentheses affect the final product?

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