# Algebraic Properties

Everything that we do in algebra will be based on certain rules. We call these rules properties of the real numbers.

**Properties of Equality**
The following properties are true for any numbers a, b, and c.

**Reflexive Property:** a = a
**Symmetric Property:** If a = b then b= a.
**Transitive Property:** If a = b, and b = c, then a = c.

Find out more about algebraic properties by reading the explanation below.

**Practice:** Use the commutative and distributive properties to simplify expressions in the following exercises.