The distributive property

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The distributive property is an idea that shows up over and over again in mathematics. It is the idea that 5 x (3 + 4) = (5 x 3) + (5 x 4). If that last statement made complete sense, no need to watch this tutorial. If it didn't or you don't know why it's true, then this tutorial might be a good way to pass the time :)

The distributive law of multiplication over addition

VIDEO 4:56 minutes
Learn how to apply the distributive law of multiplication over addition and why it works. This is sometimes just called the distributive law or the distributive property.

The distributive law of multiplication over subtraction

VIDEO 2:11 minutes
Learn how to apply the distributive property of multiplication over subtraction and why it works. This is sometimes just called the distributive property or distributive law.

Distributive property algebraic expressions

VIDEO 5:39 minutes
Here we have some algebraic expressions to which we need to apply the distributive property. Now we're beginning to see how useful this property can be!

Distributive property exercise examples

VIDEO 3:03 minutes
You'll be a pro applying the distributive property once you've solved these exercise examples with us.

Factoring numerical expressions using the distributive property

PRACTICE PROBLEMS
Practice applying the distributive property to factor numerical expressions (no variables).