# Algebra/Division is not commutative

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Real Numbers | Division is not commutative | Properties of Exponents |

Division is not commutative. That means usually a ÷ b is not equal to b ÷ a, and can be demonstrated simply by example.

While division itself is not commutative, there *are* two special cases where the answer is the same if you reverse the order of operation. These cases occur when the answer (quotient) is 1 or when the answer is -1: