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### Course: 4th grade foundations (Eureka Math/EngageNY) > Unit 3

Lesson 2: Topic B & C: Foundations- Properties and patterns for multiplication
- Intro to associative property of multiplication
- Intro to commutative property of multiplication
- Distributive property
- Basic multiplication
- Multiplying 1-digit numbers by multiples of 10, 100, and 1000
- Multiply 1-digit numbers by a multiple of 10, 100, and 1000
- Multiplying by tens word problem
- Multiply by tens word problems

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# Intro to commutative property of multiplication

Practice changing the order of factors in a multiplication problem and see how it affects the product.

## Comparing totals

This array shows ${2}$ rows of dots with ${4}$ dots in each row. We can use the expression ${2}\times {4}={8}$ to represent the array.

This array shows ${4}$ rows of dots with ${2}$ dots in each row. We can use the expression ${4}\times {2}={8}$ to represent the array.

In both examples we get a total of ${8}$ dots.

When we change the order of the numbers that we are multiplying the product stays the same.

## Commutative property

The math rule that says the order in which we multiply the factors does not change the product is the commutative property.

Let's use an array to help explain why this works. This array shows ${5}$ rows with ${2}$ dots in each row.

We can find the total number of dots by multiplying the number of rows by the number of dots in each row.

If we turned the array on its side we have an array that shows ${2}$ rows with ${5}$ dots in each row.

All we did was tip the array over. The total number of dots did not change.

If we multiply the number of rows by the number of dots in each row we get:

The order in which we multiply the numbers ${2}$ and ${5}$ does not matter.

### Let's try a few problems

This array shows $8$ rows with $4$ dots in each row.

## Using the commutative property

### Describing an array

The commutative property says that the order of the numbers doesn't matter in multiplication.

So the order of the numbers doesn't matter when describing an array.

We can use the expression $5\times 3$ to show $5$ groups of $3$ .

Or the expression $3\times 5$ to show $3$ groups of $5$ .

Both expressions equal $15$ .

### Another problem

## Why is the commutative property helpful?

The commutative property can make multiplying more than two numbers easier.

Let's look at an example:

We can multiply $7\times 2\times 5$ in two steps:

We got the right answer, but $14\times 5$ is a little tricky to multiply!

Remember that the commutative property lets us change the order of the numbers without changing the answer.

We can switch the $7$ and $5$ and change the problem to $5\times 2\times 7$ . Let's see how this makes it easier to multiply:

Multiplying by $10$ in the second step made it easier to find the product.

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