Elementary Algebra

Published by Cengage Learning
ISBN 10: 1285194055
ISBN 13: 978-1-28519-405-9

Chapter 5 - Exponents and Polynomials - 5.3 - Multiplying Polynomials - Problem Set 5.3: 125


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There are many possible answers to this question. One use of the distributive property is the traditional use when a number outside of a parenthesis is distributed to everything inside the parenthesis. However, the distributive property is also used when multiply two polynomials by each other. Here are a few possible answers (though there are many): $5(x+5) = 5x+25$ $(x+3)(x+2) = x^2+5x+6$ You can also use the distributive property for trinomials, etc.
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