The Distributive Property

The distributive property works both ways. Connecting the distributive property from arithmetic to algebra, the resource shows how it works with variables too. The video provides examples of using the distributive property with a factor and a polynomial. The presentation continues the discussion on thinking about undistributing, or factoring, out a common factor of a polynomial.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • At the beginning of their practice, have pupils draw lines to show the distribution of the factor to each term
Classroom Considerations

  • It is helpful if the learners know about the distributive property as it applies to arithmetic

  • Uses colors to highlight important details
  • Contains closed captioning

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