The property of distributing the multiplication across the addition or subtraction of the terms is called the distributive property.

$a$, $b$ and $c$ are three literals but represent three terms in algebraic form. The sum and difference of the terms $b$ and $c$ are written as $b+c$ and $b-c$ respectively. The distributive property can be written in terms $a$, $b$ and $c$ in two different forms.

$a(b+c) \,=\, ab+ac$

Learn how to distribute the multiplication over addition.

$a(b-c) \,=\, ab-ac$

Learn how to distribute the multiplication over subtraction.

The distributive property is mainly used in two different cases.

- To distribute the multiplication across the sum or difference of the terms.
- To take the common factor out from the sum or difference of the terms.

Latest Math Topics

Aug 31, 2024

Aug 07, 2024

Jul 24, 2024

Dec 13, 2023

Latest Math Problems

Oct 22, 2024

Oct 17, 2024

Sep 04, 2024

Jan 30, 2024

Oct 15, 2023

Copyright © 2012 - 2023 Math Doubts, All Rights Reserved