Applying the Distributive Property: Algebra Practice Questions

By Mary Jane Sterling

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:

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Practice questions

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

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