There are five sets of simplifying expressions worksheets:
Examples, solutions, videos, and worksheets to help Grade 6 and Grade 7 students learn how to simplify an algebraic expression by using the distributive property and combining like terms.
How to simplify an algebraic expression?
There are three sets of simplifying algebraic expression worksheets.
- Simplify Expressions (One Variable)
- Simplify Expressions (Two Variables)
These are some of the steps to simplify algebraic expressions:
- Use the distributive property to distribute any factors that are not inside parentheses. Remove parentheses and brackets by multiplying factors. This is the first step because it often allows you to combine like terms more easily later on. For example, the expression 4(2x + 3) can be simplified to 8x + 12 by multiplying the two factors inside the parentheses.
- Combine like terms by adding or subtracting coefficients. Like terms are terms that have the same variable(s) and the same exponent(s). For example, the terms 3x and -2x are like terms because they both have the variable x with an exponent of 1. To combine like terms, you add or subtract the coefficients of the terms. For example, the expression 3x - 2x + 5 can be simplified to x + 5 by combining the like terms 3x and -2x.
Have a look at this video if you need to review how to simplify an algebraic expression with parenthesis.
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More Simplify Expression Worksheets
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Simplify Expression Worksheet #1 (one variable)
Simplify Expression Worksheet #2 (two variables)
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Evaluate Expressions by Substitution
Simplify Expressions by Combining Like Terms
Simplify Expressions using Distributive Property
Use Distributive Property & Combine Like Terms
Solving Equations using Distributive Property
Solving Equations by Combining like terms
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