# Chapter 1 - Introduction to Algebraic Expressions - 1.2 The Commutative, Associative, and Distributive Laws - 1.2 Exercise Set: 98

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#### Work Step by Step

$(rt+st)5\longrightarrow$ Use the distributive property to factor out t. $t(r+s)5\longrightarrow$ Use the commutative property to reorder the factors. $5t(r+s)$ The expressions are equivalent because we can use known properties to derive one from the other.

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