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What is the distributive property? List other types of properties
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)
Distributive Property: of Addition: a (b+c) = ab + ac Of Subtraction: a (b-c) = ab - ac
I'm not sure exactly how to explain how they're different.
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
can you describe what the distributive property is @texaschic101
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
ok and the example?
3(x + 4) = 3 * x + 3 * 4 = 3x + 12
when i tell my teacher the example .. do i just tell him that?
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.
ok thanks :)
how is it different from other properties? @texaschic101
Genny, first tell me in your own words what the distributive property is
its when you take the numbers outside and multiply them with everything inside:)
ok, now pick a second property and tell me in your own words what it is and what it does
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.
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?
its just basically the opposite of each other
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?
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.
is 7-2 the same as 2-7?