# How do you use the distributive property to multiply 5(7.1)?

##### 1 Answer
May 1, 2017

$5 \left(7.1\right) = 35.5$

#### Explanation:

The distributive property comes in two forms:

Left distributive property:

$a \left(b + c\right) = a b + a c$

Right distributive property:

$\left(a + b\right) c = a c + b c$

We can use the left distributive property to find:

$5 \left(7.1\right) = 5 \left(7 + 0.1\right) = \left(5 \cdot 7\right) + \left(5 \cdot 0.1\right) = 35 + 0.5 = 35.5$