Elementary and Intermediate Algebra: Concepts & Applications (6th Edition)

Published by Pearson
ISBN 10: 0-32184-874-8
ISBN 13: 978-0-32184-874-1

Chapter 1 - Introduction to Algebraic Expressions - 1.2 The Commutative, Associative, and Distributive Laws - 1.2 Exercise Set - Page 17: 37



Work Step by Step

$3[2(a+b)]=2[3(a+b)]$ There are three factors in this multiplication problem. They are 3, 2 and (a+b). The associative property says the factors can be regrouped without impacting the result. In the original expression 2 is grouped with (a+b). In the rewritten expression 3 is grouped with (a+b).
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