The FOIL Method

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In this lesson, we will look into how to use the FOIL method to distribute two binomials.

Most Algebra books describe FOIL as a method of multiplying two binomials.
FOIL is the acronym for


Multiply the binomials (x + 1)(2x – 3)


(x + 1)(2x – 3)

Multiply First : x • 2x = 2 x2
Multiply Outside : x • (–3) = –3x
Multiply Inside : 1 • 2x = 2x
Multiply Last : 1 • (–3) = –3

(x + 1)(2x – 3)
= 2x2 – 3x + 2x – 3
= 2x2x – 3

The following diagram shows how to use the FOIL method to distribute or multiply two binomials. Scroll down the page for more examples and solutions.

Foil Method

Multiplying Binomials FOIL Method
Multiplying binomials using the FOIL method. Explanation and examples.
(a + 3)(a + 7)
(x + 3)(x - 5)
(2x + 4)(3x + 5)

How to Use Foil to Distribute Two Binomials?
This video will show you how to use foil to distribute two binomials.
(x + 3)(x + 2)
(x + 4)(x - 5)
(x - 2)(x - 6)

FOIL Method for Multiplying Binomials - Distributive Property
In this video, we use the FOIL method to multiple binomials. FOIL helps you make sure all terms are distributed. (a+b)(c+d)
(x + 2)(3x - 7)

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