Work Step by Step
The associative property states that the operations performed on the numbers do not matter how the numbers are grouped because they will yield the same result, regardless of their position. However, for problems with division and subtraction, the position of the numbers matters because it can cause different answers depending on a numbers' location within the expression. For multiplication and addition, the location of the numbers within an expression do not matter. Since the expression that we are given contains division, the property does not work.