## What is the distributive property in math?

## Answer

The distributive property is an essential property that applies to most all common problems. The distributive property states that when multiplying a number to a group of numbers (usually in parenthesis), you must "distribute" that number (multiply) to each number in the group.

For example, if you have a problem like -2(3y+6), you would multiply the -2 to both the 3y and the 6. This would give you an answer of -6y-12.

For a visual explanation of this property, check out the attached link.