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Distributive Property?

  1. Mar 11, 2013 #1
    Hi All,

    I am teaching my self algebra using khan academy and Ive come across a problem I cant figure out. I am trying to solve composite functions and I cant figure out why a Plus sign is added to the equation, Could I be missing something that I am suppose to distrubute?

    The functions is:






    g(−1)=(−1)^3+2(−1)^2 + (−7)(−1)+5+f(−1)

    where does this............Δ Plus sign come from?
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  3. Mar 11, 2013 #2


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    This can be written as

    Alternatively, you can drop your plus sign and write
    g(−1)=(−1)^3+2(−1)^2 −7(−1)+5+f(−1)
  4. Mar 11, 2013 #3
    Ok thank you, But why can it be written that way? How does the plus sign get there from the equation. Can you expand on that or point me in the right direction on how to find out.
  5. Mar 11, 2013 #4


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    There is no difference between substrating a number and adding a negative number:
    a - b = a + (-b) = -b + a
  6. Mar 11, 2013 #5
    Ah ok I understand now, Thank you
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