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:

EXAMPLES:

** 3(x + y)**

= 3x + 3y

**-2(5 + k)**

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

= -10 - 2k

**4x + 8x**

= (4 + 8)x

= 12x