Posted by soliman on .
Simplify and evaluate using distributive property of multiplcation
3x4(2x5)
I've tried many ways and can't come up with the same answer as the teacher. help please?

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Ms. Sue,
What answer does your teacher have?

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soliman,
3x8x+20

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bobpursley,
No. 3x8x+20=5x+20 or 5(4x)

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soliman,
ok..i guess that is where i'm confused
3x4(2x5)
3x(4X2x4X5)
3x(8x20) (this was my answer)
I still not sure how the teacher and you came up with +20 instead of 20? 
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Ms. Sue,
Two minuses make a plus.

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DrBob222,
3x(4X2x4X5)
The  outside the parentheses changes the sign of everything inside the parentheses. Therefore, the 4*3x becomes (8x) or 8x and the 4*5 becomes (20) or + 20. 
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tyqwanza,
use the number line.is 458 closer to 450 or to 460

to tyqwanza 
DrBob222,
If you have a separate question to post, go to the top of the page and click on post a new question. Piggy backing onto another question rarely results in an answer for the piggy backer.

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Anonymous,
Than you all. Dr. Bob222 that was exactly what I was missing, I could not see where the 2 minuses where together since our teacher explained it differently. This was very clear.
Thank you.