The Commutative Properties deal with adding and multiplying when there are *two terms*.

**Commutative Property of Addition:**

a + b = b + a

**Commutative Property of Multiplication:**

a x b = b x a

Just switch the order of the terms that you are adding or multiplying.

Example math problems related to commutative properties:

- 3 + 4 = 4 + 3
- 7 = 7

- x + 10 = 10 + x
- 13 + y = y + 13
- 4(y) = (y)4
- 3(5) = (5)3
- 15 = 15

*Note: Parentheses ( ) means to multiply.*

*It’s important to recognize that the Commutative Property works for adding and multiplying, but not for dividing and subtracting.*