I am trying to get better at math, the highest math I have is Algebra. For some reason I just can't do math. I have this homework helpers book about basic math and pre-algebra to help me understand math. Its talking about negative integers and distributive property. I was following along just fine until I got to this example it asked me to work out. 25x96 Now I thought I had this, so I went about to do this: (25x90) + (25x6) to get my answer but then I read how the book does it and I am completely lost. This is how the book did it: 25x96 = 25 x (100-4) = 25x100 + 25 x (-4) = 2,500 - 100 = 2,400 Where did they get this 100-4, I realize it equals 96 but what? Can anyone explain to me why it went by 100? What am I missing here?