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Posted by **john** on Tuesday, October 6, 2009 at 7:58pm.

I need to use the distributive property to write an equivalent variable expression.

the problem is 8(x+6).

would 14/x be a valid answer?

and also if possible, could someone explain how this works?

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**Emma**, Tuesday, October 6, 2009 at 8:01pmI think the answer would be x=-6

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**bobpursley**, Tuesday, October 6, 2009 at 8:02pmNo.

An equivalent expression for 8(x+6) is 8x+48.

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**jim**, Tuesday, October 6, 2009 at 8:07pmAn example of the distributive property:

3 * (1 + 2) = (3 * 1) + (3 * 2)

x * (a + b) = (x * a) + (x * b)

or x(a+b) = xa + xb

Where the operators are like this, you multiply the figure outside the brackets into each of the symbols intide the brackets separately.

You can also use it for quick mental arithmetic, like:

5 * 27 = (5 * 20) + (5 * 7) = 100 + 35

If I had 7(x+3), I could say that was 7x + 21.

What you have is

8 * (x + 6)

and you should be able to see the answer now, I hope.

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**Anonymous**, Friday, January 11, 2013 at 2:43pm8x+48

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**Love and Hip Hop Atlanta Fan**, Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 6:34pmThis is the easiest probelm i have ever seen! !!! The answer for x is 6. This simple multipication !!!

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