Video: Using the Distributive Property of Multiplication to Expand Expressions Containing Brackets

Use the distributive property to rewrite the algebraic expression 4(𝑥 − 9).

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Video Transcript

Use the distributive property to rewrite the algebraic expression four multiplied by 𝑥 minus nine.

The distributive property enables us to expand this bracket by distributing the four with the 𝑥 and in the same way distributing the four with the negative nine.

Four multiplied by 𝑥 is four 𝑥 and four multiplied by negative nine is negative 36. This enables us to rewrite the algebraic expression four multiplied by 𝑥 minus nine as four 𝑥 minus 36.

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