Alissa Fong

MA, Stanford University
Teaching in the San Francisco Bay Area

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Distributing - Concept

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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The distributive property tells us that if a number or variable is being multiplied by a polynomial, then that number or variable gets multiplied by all terms of the polynomial. Some people like to draw pictures of the distributive property relating to how the area of a rectangle is the product of its sides: the area represents the product polynomial, whereas the sides are the factors that get multiplied together. Other people like to draw arcs from the term being distributed to all of the terms of the other factor- it's up to you how to organize your work. Remember that x times x is x^2, not 2x (which is a common error in distributing.)

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