What is the distributive property in math?


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.

  • Last Updated Nov 03, 2023
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