algebra 2
posted by jenny .
It says to:
Use the Distributive Property to show that the following are true statements:
8.5m + 1.3m = 9.8m
What does it mean to use the distributive property? Can't i just add the first two terms?

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Reiny
Yes, that's what you would do,
but, they want you to show "why" that works, I guess, so ...
8.5m + 1.3m
= m(8.5 + 1.3)
= m(9.8
= 9.8m
(sort of like removing a molehill with a bulldozer) 
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