Distributive property word problems

Use these distributive property word problems below to set up numerical expressions. Do not focus on getting answers. The goal is to figure out a numerical expression where you can apply the distributive property.

Problem #1

Five people visited a local restaurant to get some lunch. A burger costs 6 dollars and a bottle of apple juice costs 2 dollars.  If all five people ordered a burger and a bottle of apple juice, write a numerical expression to show the amount of money the restaurant made for this order.

Problem #2

Each row in a classroom has 3 girls and 2 boys. There people 4 rows in that class. Write a numerical expression to show the number of students in that class.

Problem #3

Two men are trying to see how many computers they can build together in a month. One of the men was able to build 75 computers while the other was able to build 60. Write a numerical expression showing the number of computers both men were able to build together.


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Problem #4

A rectangle has a width of 4 and a length of 10. The rectangle is folded, so that it creates a rectangle with a width of 4 and a length of 5 and another rectangle with a width of 4 and a length of 5. Write a numerical expression to show the area of the rectangle.

Problem #5

To build a computer, you need to buy a motherboard for 120 dollars, a CPU for 100 dollars, RAM memory for 45 dollars, storage for 30 dollars, a case for 15 dollars, and a power supply for 50 dollars. What is the cost of building 10 computers?

Problem #6

Two rectangular gardens have the same width of 10 feet. However, the length of one is 20 feet while the other is 30 feet. Write a numerical expression to show what the area is for the two gardens combined?







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