Uses of the Distributive Property
Date: 02/25/2002 at 15:37:46 From: Krystle Subject: Distributive Property Hi, We have been assigned to do a portfolio and one thing we must do is write a paragraph describing the distributive property and what it is used for. I have done plenty of research and I know how to describe it, but I am not quite sure what it is used for. Can you help? Thank you, Krystle
Date: 02/25/2002 at 16:20:21 From: Doctor Rick Subject: Re: Distributive Property Hi, Krystle. Have you ever used the distributive property in solving an equation? For example, 3x + 4 = 7x - 8 How about in simplifying an expression? For instance, 3(x - 2) + 4(2x + 5) This problem uses the property three times, in two different ways! Can you find ways to describe the conditions that make the distributive property useful in each case? You have probably encountered other situations in which you used the distributive property. It's good to take stock of how you solve problems and notice things like this, because methods that have worked in the past are likely to be useful again. - Doctor Rick, The Math Forum http://mathforum.org/dr.math/
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