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Do you always use the property of distribution when multiplying monomials and polynomials?

Explain why or why not. In what situations would distribution become
important?

 

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Michael S. | Cert. Teacher - Pre-Alg, Algebra/Special Needs/AthleticsCert. Teacher - Pre-Alg, Algebra/Specia...
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No. You only would need to use the distribution method when there are 2 or more terms that are inside of parenthesis.

EXAMPLE: 2(2X+4)

I would use distribution in order to multiply the 2 by 2x and by 4

EXAMPLE: 2(x+3+y)

Same situation here. I would use distribution to multiply 2 by each term.

EXAMPLE: 2(x)

Here is an example where distribution is not really needed. All you do is multiply 2 by x.

Make sense?