Distributive Property•To illustrate the distributive property look at the problem 3(2x-7).•This problem says 3 times 2x-7 –or 3 of (2x-7). •Multiplying by 3 means add 2x-7 over and over.•2x-7+2x-7+2x-7 •Simplify this by using the commutative property. 2x+2x+2x-7-7-7=3(2x)+3(-7)
Distributive Property•To use the distributive property, multiply each term inside the parenthesis by the multiplier.
Watch out for…•exponent rules •multiplication when negatives are involved•combining like terms