Common Core Math Vocabulary

Distributive Property - Definition with Examples

What is Distributive Property?  

Distributive Property: Distributive property states that multiplying the sum by a number gives the same result as first multiplying each addend by the number and then adding the products.

Addition using distributive property

The distributive property makes complex problems simpler. For instance, multiplying two large numbers can be made simpler by breaking one of the numbers as a sum of two simpler numbers. Finding the product of 8 × 28 can be made easier by decomposing 28 into 20 + 8 or 30 - 2.

Distributive property of addition and subtraction


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