Expand and simplify brackets
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You will learn how to multiply and expand algebraic expressions in brackets.
This lesson includes:
- one example slideshow
- three videos
- one downloadable activity
How does simplifying brackets work?
When simplifying algebraic expressions with brackets, you must expand or multiply out the brackets.
This means you have to make sure that everything inside the bracket is multiplied by the term (or number) outside the bracket.
Work through the following slideshow to see how 2 (3x+4) is simplified.
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