For binary operation

* : A × A → A

If (a * b) * c = a * (b * c)

Then it is

associative binary operation

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Addition
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+ :
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R
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×
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R
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→
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R
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* is associative if

(a * b) * c = a * (b * c)

Since (a * b) * c = a * (b * c) ∀ a, b, c ∈
**
R
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+ is an
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associative
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binary operation

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Multiplication
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× :
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R
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×
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R
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→
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R
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* is associative if

(a * b) * c = a * (b * c)

Since (a * b) * c = a * (b * c) ∀ a, b, c ∈
**
R
**

× is an
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associative
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binary operation

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Subtraction
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– :
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R
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×
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R
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→
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R
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* is associative if

(a * b) * c = a * (b * c)

Since (a * b) * c ≠ a * (b * c) ∀ a, b, c ∈
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R
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– is
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not an associative
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binary operation

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Division
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÷ :
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R
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×
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R
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→
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R
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* is associative if

(a * b) * c = a * (b * c)

Since (a * b) * c ≠ a * (b * c)

÷ is
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not an associative
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binary operation