How do you simplify #2(3 + 5)#?
You would distribute the 2 (which means multiplying it with each number in the parenthesis) to get 16 as your answer.
So first off you need to know basic distribution. Basic Distribution is when you take the number outside the parenthesis and multiply it with each of the numbers on the inside of the parenthesis and add (or subtract) the products together. (This kind of basic distribution only works if the inside numbers are being either added or subtracted).
So in the expression
This tells us that the 2 is being the number distributed to the numbers 3 and 5. which would be shown as
That would be simplified normally into
I hope this wasn't too wordy! Good Luck!