MandysNotes

20 March 2010 In Properties of Real Numbers

Very simply stated, the Distributive Property is easy to understand when seen like this:

a(b+c) = ab + ac

OR

(b+c)a = ba + ca

In more complex examples, the Distributive Property can be applied to equations like this one, though the same principles still apply:

distributive property, Mandy's Notes

 

EXAMPLES:

3(x + y)

= 3x + 3y


-2(5 + k)

= -2(5) + (-2)(k)

= -10 - 2k

 

4x + 8x

= (4 + 8)x

= 12x

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