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Simplify Expressions and Distributive Property

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A series of free, online Basic Algebra Lessons or Algebra I lessons.
Examples, solutions, videos, worksheets, and activities to help Algebra students.

In this lesson, we will learn

  • how to identify the Distributive Property
  • how to simplifying algebraic expressions using the Distributive Property
Introduction to the Distributive Property
This video explains the distributive property and provides examples on how to use the distributive property.
Example:
Rewrite each expression using the distributive property in order to simplify:
2(x - 4)
9(2x + 7)
3x(x - 4)
Ex 1: The Distributive Property
This video provides examples of how to simplify an variable expression using the distributive property.
Example:
Use the distributive property in order to simplify:
5(x + 2)
3(x - 9)
2(3y + 7)
-3(n - 4)



Combining Like Terms Requiring Distribution
How to combine like terms that also requires distribution?
Example:
Combine like terms.
3(x - 4) - 4x + 5
4(3y - 1) - 5(2y + 4)


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