Simplifying Algebraic Expressions

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Lesson Summary:

In this lesson, students learn the basics of simplifying algebraic expressions by adding, subtracting, combining like terms, and using the distributive property. The teacher provides examples and walks students through the order of operations, highlighting how to simplify expressions with variables, decimals, and fractions. Students will have a solid understanding of how to simplify algebraic expressions by the end of the lesson.

Lesson Description:

Explains how to simplify algebraic expressions by adding, subtracting, combining like terms, as well as using the distributive property

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Questions answered by this video:
  • How do you simplify an Algebraic expression?
  • What does it mean to simplify an Algebraic expression?
  • What is the distributive property?
  • How would you simplify 3 + 4(x + 5) by distributing inside of parentheses?
  • How would you subtract 5x - 3 from 2x + 1?
  • How do you simplify 2x + 1 - (5x - 3)?
  • How do you subtract an entire expression that is inside of parentheses?
  • How would you simplify 2.9x - 0.9 - 0.5 - 2.8x?
  • How can you simplify -(x + 3y - 6) + 2(4x - 7)?
  • How do you combine like terms and how do you know what terms are alike?
  • How would you simplify 14 - 11(3m + 2n) - 5m?
  • How do you simplify 1/3(9x - 6) - (x - 2)?
  • Staff Review

    • Currently 4.0/5 Stars.
    This lesson is a very basic and thorough explanation of what it means to simplify Algebraic expressions. Several example problems are shown in depth for a good introduction to simplifying expressions.