# Is division of rational numbers commutative?

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Oct 23, 2014

By rational numbers, you are referring to numbers like 3,

Give yourself an easy example first:

Well, now commute or switch the order of the division:

They are definitely not the same!

Multiplication, of course, is commutative:

Division is the inverse operation of multiplication, but it is NOT commutative.

Addition, we know, is commutative as well: 4 + 8 = 8 + 4 = 12.

Subtraction is the inverse operation of addition, but it is NOT commutative:

I guess it's important to know what operations are inverses of each other, and to test the Commutative Property just in case!