How to simplify algebraic expressions involving multiplication and powers

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In this lesson, you'll learn how to simplify algebraic expressions involving multiplication and powers.

This lesson includes:

  • two slideshows

  • two activities

Created in partnership with Twinkl.


These slides will show you the conventions to use when multiplying algebraic terms.

An algebraic expression is a mathematical phrase that can contain ordinary numbers, variables (like x and y) and operators (like add, subtract, multiply and divide).

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In the following slides, you'll learn to simplify algebraic expressions involving indices. Indices are the plural of index. The index of a number tells you how many times to use it in a multiplication.

Evaluate the following: 2¹, 2², 2³, 2⁴, 2⁵, 2⁶, 2⁷, 2⁸.

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Activity 1

Worksheet - Building pyramids

Practise building pyramids to simplify the expressions using multiplication with this worksheet from Twinkl.

Building pyramids

Click here for the answers.

Activity 2

Worksheet - Simplifying with multiplication

Practise multiplying algebraic expressions with powers using this worksheet from Twinkl.

Simplifying with multiplication

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