## anonymous 5 years ago use the associate property of multiplication to write an equivalent expression. 12(xy)

1. anonymous

Do you recall what the associative property says?

2. anonymous

i know they will involve three or more numbers

3. amistre64

to associate means to group together; we can group these together in a different way, but it still stays the same value...

4. amistre64

hint: move the paranthesis so that it groups another 2 numbers

5. anonymous

(12)xy

6. amistre64

good thought, nice effort; if 1 and 2 were meant to be seperate numbers that would have been great :)

7. anonymous

Basically you can re-associate the factors of a product any way you like and you will have the same value: $a(bc) = a\times b \times c = (ab)c$

8. amistre64

but 12 here means the number 12 :)

9. anonymous

12.x.y or 12.x(y)

10. anonymous

(12x)y