# How do you multiply 3 (x-2)?

Apr 20, 2016

## $3 x - 6$

#### Explanation:

This is basically using the distributive property. In the distributive property you are to multiply the outside term(s) with the term(s) that are in the parenthesis.

In this case, the outside term is 3 and the inside terms are $x$ and $- 2$. So you have to multiply 3 with x and with -2.
$3 \left(x - 2\right) = 3 \left(x\right) + 3 \left(- 2\right)$

Now evaluate.
$3 \left(x\right) + 3 \left(- 2\right) = 3 x - 6$

Answer: $3 x - 6$