Alissa Fong

MA, Stanford University
Teaching in the San Francisco Bay Area

Alissa is currently a teacher in the San Francisco Bay Area and Brightstorm users love her clear, concise explanations of tough concepts

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Distributing - Problem 1

Alissa Fong
Alissa Fong

MA, Stanford University
Teaching in the San Francisco Bay Area

Alissa is currently a teacher in the San Francisco Bay Area and Brightstorm users love her clear, concise explanations of tough concepts

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When we want to distribute a constant over a polynomial, we multiply that constant by each of the coefficients, or numbers in front of the variable terms, as well as by any other constants. This can be done with integers, fractions, or decimals (or even other irrational numbers, but you'll see that another day). If you're multiplying by a constant, the exponents will remain unchanged. Be careful to change the positive or negative sign on any term that is multiplied by a negative value.

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