Posted by **jaiden** on Tuesday, September 21, 2010 at 7:42pm.

Why can you simplify 5(5+30) using the distributive property?why can't u simplify 5(50)+3 using the distributive property?

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**jaiden**, Tuesday, September 21, 2010 at 7:44pm
I meant 5 (50+3)

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**bobpursley**, Tuesday, September 21, 2010 at 7:44pm
on the first, 5 is multiplied by (5+30). On the second, the 3 is NOT multiplied by 5.

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**bobpursley**, Tuesday, September 21, 2010 at 7:47pm
ok, I see now.

YOu can simplify 5(5+30) because there is a common factor in the parenthesis (5+30)=5(1+6)

so the 5(5+30) becomes 5*5*(1+6)

Now on the second, 5(50+3), there is no common factor between 50, and 3. So it cannot be simplified.

- 6th grade math -
**jaiden**, Tuesday, September 21, 2010 at 8:41pm
Ahh thanks!!

It helped a lot

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**O.G**, Wednesday, September 22, 2010 at 6:15pm
i need a example of the distributive property using the number 6,8 and 10?

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**da**, Wednesday, April 4, 2012 at 9:58pm
i have a homework

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