# Commutative and distributive properties

Commuting is performed in Graspable Math by dragging the terms within a sum or product. I can commute addends freely with one another, but I cannot commute an addend with a multiplier. Graspable Math is also capable of applying the distributive property. If I have a sum within a set of parentheses which is multiplied by another term, I can drag that multiplier within the parentheses to distribute. If the products are capable of being simplified, they will be automatically. This may not be ideal in all situations, so we provide settings that make it such that each product created by the distribution must be simplified independently.