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Distributive Property of Multiplication

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The distributive property states that multiplying a sum by a number is the same as multiplying each addend by that number and then adding the two products.
3(1 + 4) = (3 × 1) + (3 × 4)

If we let a, b, and c be any whole numbers, then a(b + c) = ab + ac

Introduction to the Distributive Property

This lesson teaches the basics of the distributive property.

Learn the distributive property, which states that a(b + c) = ab + ac.
In other words, the number or variable that is outside the set of parentheses "distributes" through the parentheses, multiplying by each of the numbers inside.
Distributive property

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