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Video: Using the Distributive Property to Rewrite Expressions

Bethani Gasparine

Rewrite the expression 20(11-3) using the distributive property.

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Video Transcript

Rewrite the expression 20 parenthesis 11 minus three parenthesis, using the distributive property.

In order to use the distributive property, we need to distribute 20. We distribute 20 to 11 and we distribute 20 to the three. Now, what does it mean to distribute? That means we’re gonna be multiplying these numbers together.

So first, we have 20 times 11. Bring down our minus sign, and then we will have 20 times three. Therefore, 20 times 11 minus 20 times three is a way to rewrite the expression, using the distributive property.