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Distributing a Number

We continue with the example presented at the end of the previous page.

6(2 + 4x)

The Distributive Property tells us that we can remove the parentheses if the term that the polynomial is being multiplied by is distributed to, or multiplied with each term inside the parentheses.

This definition is tough to understand without a good example, so observe the example below carefully.

6(2 + 4x)

now by applying the Distributive Propery

6 * 2 + 6 * 4x

The parentheses are removed and each term from inside is multiplied by the six.

Now we can simplify the multiplication of the individual terms:

12 + 24x

Another example is presented on the next page.


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