Associative Property of Multiplication Using Models

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ExplorationGRADES 6-8

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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