College Algebra (10th Edition)

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ISBN 10: 0321979478
ISBN 13: 978-0-32197-947-6

Chapter R - Section R.1 - Real Numbers - R.1 Assess Your Understanding: 3



Work Step by Step

The distributive property is used to remove parentheses from an expression. Parentheses represent multiplication- you have to multiply whatever is directly outside the parentheses by everything inside the parentheses. 2x+3x = (2+3)x because the x is distributed to -or multiplied by- both the 2 and the 3, and it can be removed from both terms because it is a common factor between them.
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