Properties of Multiplication of Literals

The properties of multiplication of literals are listed below.

Commutativity: For any two literals m and n, we have, mn = nm

i.e., the multiplication of literals is commutative.


Associativity: For any three literals m, n and o, we have,

(mn)o = m(no)

i.e., the multiplication of literals is associative.


Identity: For any literal m, we have,

m × 1 = m = 1 × m

Here ‘1’ is known as the multiplication identity.


Distributivity of Multiplication over addition: For any three literals m,n and o, we have 

(i) m (n + o) = mn + mo [‘Left distributive’]

(ii) (n + o)m = nm + om. [‘Right distributive’]

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