# Commutative property

The commutative property says that the order of the numbers when adding or multiplying can be changed without changing the answer. For example, both ${\displaystyle 2+8}$ and ${\displaystyle 8+2}$ are equal to 10, and both ${\displaystyle 5*7}$ and ${\displaystyle 7*5}$ are equal to 35. This can be done with any numbers, or with more than two numbers.
The definition of commutative property of addition is ${\displaystyle a+b=b+a}$. a and b are variables and can be any number.
Some operations like dividing are not commutative. For instance, ${\displaystyle 6\div 3}$ is 2, but ${\displaystyle 3\div 6}$ is ${\displaystyle {\frac {1}{2}}}$. Subtraction is not commutative either: ${\displaystyle 6-2}$ is 4, but ${\displaystyle 2-6}$ is negative 4.