Wednesday, April 16, 2014

What is Distributive Property


Distributive Property- what is it? Well, distributive property is a property of algebra. It is used mainly to break up or expand numbers to make them look easier. Let's take a look at an example to understand it better!


Let's say that I have to quickly multiply the following numbers: 69x3. The first thing that you need to do is, well, use the distributive property! Try writing the following numbers in expanded form like this:
(60x3)+(9x3). I know that it looks even more complex now, but don't worry! I'll help you. The first step to take is that we have to solve the parenthesis. So 60x3 equals 180 and 9x3 equals 27. Now the only thing we have to do to get our final answer is that we have to add our two products together: 180+27 which equals 207. Therefore the answer to our problem, 69x3, equals 207.

I know that the above steps look very complicated, but trust me, you will understand it after practicing.
However, if you are still confused, then here is the most formal way to put this:
Distributive Property: To expand numbers in an equation to figure out the product (we are working with multiplication in this case!)

 Sheet 1 Practice Problems on Distributive Property