A community for students.

Here's the question you clicked on:

55 members online
  • 0 replying
  • 0 viewing

anonymous

  • one year ago

Describe the distributive property? How is it different from other properties? Can you give an example?

  • This Question is Closed
  1. anonymous
    • one year ago
    Best Response
    You've already chosen the best response.
    Medals 0

    @texaschic101

  2. anonymous
    • one year ago
    Best Response
    You've already chosen the best response.
    Medals 0

    What is the distributive property? List other types of properties

  3. anonymous
    • one year ago
    Best Response
    You've already chosen the best response.
    Medals 0

    @texaschic101

  4. YoungStudier
    • one year ago
    Best Response
    You've already chosen the best response.
    Medals 0

    Let's see, Symmetric property: If 0.5 = 1/2, then 1/2 = 0.5 Transitive Property: If x = 1/4, and 1/4 = z, then x = z. Commutative Property: of Addition: a + b = b + a, of Multiplication: ab = ba Associative Property: of Addition: (A + b) + c = a + (b + c), of Multiplication: (ab)c = a(bc)

  5. YoungStudier
    • one year ago
    Best Response
    You've already chosen the best response.
    Medals 0

    Distributive Property: of Addition: a (b+c) = ab + ac Of Subtraction: a (b-c) = ab - ac

  6. YoungStudier
    • one year ago
    Best Response
    You've already chosen the best response.
    Medals 0

    I'm not sure exactly how to explain how they're different.

  7. texaschic101
    • one year ago
    Best Response
    You've already chosen the best response.
    Medals 0

    All the distributive property does is multiply what is outside the parenthesis, with everything inside the parenthesis. Ex. 2(3x + 5) = 2 * 3x + 2 * 5 = 6x + 10

  8. anonymous
    • one year ago
    Best Response
    You've already chosen the best response.
    Medals 0

    can you describe what the distributive property is @texaschic101

  9. texaschic101
    • one year ago
    Best Response
    You've already chosen the best response.
    Medals 0

    You are basically multiplying the number outside the parenthesis, with everything inside the parenthesis. This gets rid of the parenthesis. a(b + c) = a*b + a*c a(b - c) = a*b + a*-c

  10. anonymous
    • one year ago
    Best Response
    You've already chosen the best response.
    Medals 0

    ok and the example?

  11. texaschic101
    • one year ago
    Best Response
    You've already chosen the best response.
    Medals 0

    3(x + 4) = 3 * x + 3 * 4 = 3x + 12

  12. anonymous
    • one year ago
    Best Response
    You've already chosen the best response.
    Medals 0

    when i tell my teacher the example .. do i just tell him that?

  13. texaschic101
    • one year ago
    Best Response
    You've already chosen the best response.
    Medals 0

    if all you have to do is give an example...then yes. But if you have to explain....then just say : Take the number outside of the parenthesis and multiply it by everything inside the parenthesis...and this will get rid of the parenthesis.

  14. anonymous
    • one year ago
    Best Response
    You've already chosen the best response.
    Medals 0

    ok thanks :)

  15. anonymous
    • one year ago
    Best Response
    You've already chosen the best response.
    Medals 0

    how is it different from other properties? @texaschic101

  16. anonymous
    • one year ago
    Best Response
    You've already chosen the best response.
    Medals 0

    Genny, first tell me in your own words what the distributive property is

  17. anonymous
    • one year ago
    Best Response
    You've already chosen the best response.
    Medals 0

    its when you take the numbers outside and multiply them with everything inside:)

  18. anonymous
    • one year ago
    Best Response
    You've already chosen the best response.
    Medals 0

    ok, now pick a second property and tell me in your own words what it is and what it does

  19. anonymous
    • one year ago
    Best Response
    You've already chosen the best response.
    Medals 0

    the commutative property. . For addition, the rule is "a + b = b + a"; in numbers, this means 2 + 3 = 3 + 2. For multiplication, the rule is "ab = ba"; in numbers, this means 2×3 = 3×2.

  20. anonymous
    • one year ago
    Best Response
    You've already chosen the best response.
    Medals 0

    Hum . . . I'm not sure that sound like it is in your own words. What is happening with the commutative property? Look at the first piece a+b and b+a. What happened why are they different but the same?

  21. anonymous
    • one year ago
    Best Response
    You've already chosen the best response.
    Medals 0

    its just basically the opposite of each other

  22. anonymous
    • one year ago
    Best Response
    You've already chosen the best response.
    Medals 0

    yes, the commutative property means they can be in any order and still result in the same conclusion. How is this different from the distributive one?

  23. anonymous
    • one year ago
    Best Response
    You've already chosen the best response.
    Medals 0

    idk :(

  24. anonymous
    • one year ago
    Best Response
    You've already chosen the best response.
    Medals 0

    The answer is kinda tricky, but simple. The answer lies in their description. You first describe one and then say, where as the (next one) does (such and such . . .). Let's look at a better comparative example. Tell me if we can use the commutative property with subtraction.

  25. anonymous
    • one year ago
    Best Response
    You've already chosen the best response.
    Medals 0

    is 7-2 the same as 2-7?

  26. Not the answer you are looking for?
    Search for more explanations.

    • Attachments:

Ask your own question

Sign Up
Find more explanations on OpenStudy
Privacy Policy

Your question is ready. Sign up for free to start getting answers.

spraguer (Moderator)
5 → View Detailed Profile

is replying to Can someone tell me what button the professor is hitting...

23

  • Teamwork 19 Teammate
  • Problem Solving 19 Hero
  • You have blocked this person.
  • ✔ You're a fan Checking fan status...

Thanks for being so helpful in mathematics. If you are getting quality help, make sure you spread the word about OpenStudy.

This is the testimonial you wrote.
You haven't written a testimonial for Owlfred.