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## Get ready for Algebra 1

### Course: Get ready for Algebra 1>Unit 6

Lesson 3: The distributive property & equivalent expressions

# The distributive property with variables

Learn how to apply the distributive property to factor out the greatest common factor from an algebraic expression like 2+4x.

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• That is a HUGE leap to factoring out a fraction--not much explanation. How did he get the 1/2 out of 3/2x at ?
• 3/2x can be read as three halves times x. And three halves is literally that, three halves. When you divide three of something (in this case halves) by one of that same thing, the answer is always 3. Hence the 3x. it IS a bit of a jump to make in an early factoring video, but the concept itself is not difficult.
• math for me is like being expected to learn japanese in a hour, its torture
• so real
• you put a dot instead of a multiplication sign (x) is that another way to represent it? ()
• Yes. In algebra often you use x as a variable, so it would be confusing to use x as a multiplication sign as well.
• I just learned this in preAlgebra and it is really confusing. I watched the video but my volume wasn't working. Can someone please explain this to me? HAPPY HALLOWEEN!
• will i ever need to actually use the distributive factor (if i'm an engineer)?
• Many, many times. Math (including algebra, calculus, and beyond) is one of the building blocks of engineering. And the distributive property is a key building block of algebra.
• sorry 9x-4(2x-3)=11
• that leap to fractions was harsh
• this is craaaazy hard! can someone make it easier for me to understand it? because i am having trouble with this assessment.......... please help me! im in a hole! i need to figure out a way to get out i need some help! throw a rope or something! ( if you dont know what i mean, i mean please help me in this, i need an example! thank you!)