Algebra I Workbook For Dummies
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In algebra, the distributive property is used to perform an operation on each of the terms within a grouping symbol. The following rules show distributing multiplication over addition and distributing multiplication over subtraction:


Practice questions

  1. –3(x – 11) = ?
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Answers and explanations

  1. The correct answer is –3x + 33.
  2. The correct answer is –5.

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Mary Jane Sterling taught algebra, business calculus, geometry, and finite math-ematics at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois, for more than 30 years. She is the author of Algebra I For Dummies and Algebra II For Dummies.

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