How do you use distributive property to multiply?

Here's an example: multiply 17 101 using the distributive property.

  1. Simplify the numbers. In this example, 101 = 100 + 1, so: ...
  2. Split the problem into two easier problems. Take the number outside the parentheses, and multiply it by each number inside the parentheses, one at a time. ...
  3. Add the products.

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