## Thinking Mathematically (6th Edition)

The commutative property of multiplication states that for any real numbers $a, b,$ and $c$: $a \cdot (b \cdot c)= a \cdot (c \cdot b)$ The associative property of multiplication states that for any real numbers $a, b,$ and $c$: $a \cdot (b \cdot c)= (a \cdot b) \cdot c$ Thus, the given statement illustrates the commutative property as the positions of $c$ and $b$ were switched.