In these lessons, we will learn how to multiply and divide algebraic expressions.

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### Multiplying Algebraic Expressions

**How to multiply algebraic terms or variables?**

1. Multiply the numbers (coefficients)

2. Multiply the variables - exponents can be combines if the base is the same.

Examples:

1. 3a^{2}(-5a^{4})

2. -2c^{2}(-7c^{3}x^{5})(bx^{2})^{2}

3. 3a^{3}(-ab^{4})(2a^{2}c^{3})

**How to multiply algebraic expressions?**

Using the distributive law to multiply algebraic expressions:

1. 3sy(s - t)

2. 4uv^{2}(3^{2}z - 7u^{3})

**How to multiply expressions using the distributive law?**

Solve the following questions

1. 3cy^{2}(-4cx - 2xy^{3})

2. (x + 5)(x - 2)**Multiplication of Algebraic Expressions - Solving Complex Questions**

Examples:

1. (b + 3c)^{2}

2. (2y - 4)^{3}

### Dividing Algebraic Expressions

**How to divide algebraic terms or variables?**
**How to divide Algebraic Expressions?**

**How to divide algebraic terms or variables?**

Examples:

1. -8x^{5} ÷ - 5x^{3}

2. -4x^{3} ÷ 7x^{9}

**Multiplying & Dividing Algebraic Fractions**

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We can multiply two algebraic terms to get a product, which is also an algebraic term.

* Example*

Evaluate 3*pq*^{3}*×* 4*qr *

* Solution:*

3*pq*^{3}*×* 4*qr
*= 3

*Example : *

Evaluate –2*a*^{3}*b**× *3*ab*^{2}*c *

* Solution:*

–2*a*^{3}*b**× *3*ab*^{2}*c
*= –2

1. Multiply the numbers (coefficients)

2. Multiply the variables - exponents can be combines if the base is the same.

Examples:

1. 3a

2. -2c

3. 3a

Using the distributive law to multiply algebraic expressions:

1. 3sy(s - t)

2. 4uv

Solve the following questions

1. 3cy

2. (x + 5)(x - 2)

Examples:

1. (b + 3c)

2. (2y - 4)

We can divide an algebraic term by another algebraic term to get the quotient. The steps below show how the division is carried out.

**Step 1: **Write the division of the algebraic terms as a fraction.

**Step 2:**Simplify the coefficient.

**Step 3**: Cancel variables of the same type in the numerator and denominator.

**Step 1:**Factorize the algebraic expressions.

**Step 2**: Cancel factors in the numerator and denominator where possible.

* Example*

Evaluate 6*pq*^{3} ÷ 3*pq*

* Solution: *

* Example*

Evaluate –8*a ^{3}bc* ÷ 2

* Solution: *

Examples:

1. -8x

2. -4x

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