I am working on adding, subtracing, and multiplying distributive property. I am confused because i do not know what steps to take in order to do each problem
The distributive property allows us to simplify equations.
The following is a simple problem that shows how we can use the distributive property:
A florist is selling flower arrangements with 4 lilies and 3 roses. If John bought 5 arrangements, how many of each flower would he have?
5 x (4 + 3)
The distributive property says that we can distribute the 5 and simplify this to 5 x 4 + 5 x 3. By multiplying you would get 20 lilies and 15 roses or 35 flowers total.
If we do not distribute the 5, we would get 5 x 4 + 3. 20 lilies and 3 roses or 23 flowers total.
The distributive property works the exact same way with subtraction, but remember, you only distribute to the numbers inside the parentheses. Variables can be distributed the same way.