Alissa Fong

MA, Stanford University
Teaching in the San Francisco Bay Area

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Commutative, Associative - Problem 4

Alissa Fong
Alissa Fong

MA, Stanford University
Teaching in the San Francisco Bay Area

Alissa is currently a teacher in the San Francisco Bay Area and Brightstorm users love her clear, concise explanations of tough concepts

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Although we're used to doing math with integers, we can use the same operations to understand other symbols, as well. Here we have non-sense items, like hearts and smiley faces, but we can still see how they are re-ordered (commutative property). We can see how pairs of numbers or numbers and variables are re-ordered and re-grouped as well. These examples take the ideas of the commutative and associative properties to a more abstract level.

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