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Distributive Property

Updated on 07/26/2018

Activity Overview

Investigate the concept of algebraic distribution of multiplication over addition using numbers.

Objectives

  • Students will recognize the Distributive Property of Multiplication over Addition: a (b + c) is equivalent to ab + ac and that ab + ac is equivalent to a (b + c).
  • Students will evaluate by substituting in an expression.
  • Students will apply the Distributive Property of Multiplication over Addition in a new algebraic situation.

Vocabulary

  • Distributive Property
  • Equivalent
  • Expression

About the Lesson

This lesson involves the concept of algebraic distribution of multiplication over addition using numbers. Students will change the values of the variables a, b, and c, and will observe the changes in the expressions. As a result, students will understand the Distributive Property of Multiplication over Addition.