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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?

  • algebra 2 -

    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 mole-hill with a bulldozer)

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