The basic Number Properties (or laws) that apply to arithmetic operations are Commutative Property, Associative Property, Identity Property and Distributive Property.
The following table gives the commutative property, associative property and identity property for addition and subtraction. Scroll down the page for more examples and solutions of the number properties.
When you add 0 to any number, the sum is that number.
For example: 325 + 0 = 325.
When you multiply any number by 1, the product is that number.
For example: 65,148 × 1 = 65,148
The product of any number and 0 is 0.
For example: 874 × 0 = 0
Identity Property of Addition: Any number plus zero is the original number.
Identity Property of Multiplication: Any number times one is the original number.
Zero is the identity number of addition and one is the identity number of multiplication.
Identity Property of addition states that any number plus zero is the original number.
Identity property of multiplication states any number times one is the original number.
This video defines the Identity Property.
The Identity Property is made up of two parts: Additive Identity and Multiplicative Identity.
The Additive Identity is
Add zero (0) to a number, the sum is that number.
The Multiplicative Identity is
Multiply a number by 1, the Product is that number.
Divide a number by itself, the Quotient is 1.
Tell which property is represented
a) (2 ˙ 6) ˙ 1 = 2 ˙ (6 ˙ 1)
b) 3 + 0 = 3
c) 7 + 9 = 9 + 7
Simplify each expression. Justify each step.
a) 17 + 14 + 3
b) 12 ˙ 3 ˙ 5
c) 21 + 16 + 9
Try the free Mathway calculator and
problem solver below to practice various math topics. Try the given examples, or type in your own
problem and check your answer with the step-by-step explanations.
We welcome your feedback, comments and questions about this site or page. Please submit your feedback or enquiries via our Feedback page.