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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?
Provide an algebraic expression that uses the property of distribution for your
classmate to simplify.

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The short answer is YES.

The Distributive Property is an algebra property which is used to multiply a single term and two or more terms inside a set of parentheses. 

example: 2*(3+5) = 2*3 + 2*5 = 16.  we "distribute" the 2 'over' the additon of 3 and 5.

distribution becomes important when we look at the example:

2 * 3+5  which = 11 AND IS NOT THE SAME AS ABOVE