# How do you use the distributive property to rewrite and evaluate 4(7-2)?

Jan 26, 2017

$4 \cdot \left(7 - 2\right) = 4 \cdot 7 - 4 \cdot 2 = 20$

#### Explanation:

The distributive property states that:

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

Then

$4 \cdot \left(7 - 2\right) = 4 \cdot 7 - 4 \cdot 2 = 28 - 8 = 20$