- Sat Oct 13, 2012 7:37 pm
- Forum: Pre-Algebra
- Topic: Distributive Property
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Ok, thanks I think I understand. Since it is the same x = x * 1 that makes sense to me. x times (5) minus x (itself) and x replaces the (1) during the multiplication process. I can grasp it but I guess I'm having some issues with my independent thought process when I actually have to do it myself in...

- Fri Oct 12, 2012 8:53 pm
- Forum: Pre-Algebra
- Topic: Distributive Property
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On this page http://www.purplemath.com/modules/numbprop.htm I found the following example: Simplify 23 + 5x + 7y – x – y – 27. Justify your steps. 23 + 5x + 7y – x – y – 27 original (given) statement 23 – 27 + 5x – x + 7y – y Commutative Property (23 – 27) + (5x – x) + (7y – y) Associative Property ...

- Fri Oct 12, 2012 7:21 pm
- Forum: Arithmetic
- Topic: Word Problems for Multiplying +/-?
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Can anyone show me a good resource for practicing word problems for multiplying positive and negatives? It maybe will help me get a more solid understanding of *why*, say, a negative times a negative is a positive. I get the process, but not sure I have a full grasp yet of the whys and wherefores. A...