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31 March, 14:04

Does it matter what order you add the numbers in a problem? explain how chips and numbers lines support your answer.

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  1. 31 March, 16:01
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    Answer: No, it does not matter.

    Step-by-step explanation:

    In addition the order does not matter, this is because of the commutative property of the addition, that says that: A + B = B + A

    and the associative property, that says that:

    A + (B + C) = (A + B) + C

    for example, if you have 4 chips and your friend gives you her 5 chips, now you have a total of 4 + 5 = 9 chips.

    The case is the same if you have 5 chips and your friend gives you 4 chips, now you have 5 + 4 = 9 chips.

    Other example is that:

    5 chips + (2chips + 1 chip) = 5 chips + 3 chips = 8 chips

    (5 chips + 2 chips) + 1 chip = 7 chips + 1 chip = 8 chips

    You can see that the order does not matter.
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