# Simplify

## Simplifying Simple Algebraic Expressions

Simplifying in algebra means to make the equation as neat and short as possible. Since this is a really easy skill, we have decided not to include an
explained example. If you are familiar with the basics of algebra, then you should find this quite easy.

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Example 1
Four times m added together is equal to
4 x m or 4m.

Example 2
Three times c multiplied together is
equal to c cubed or c³.

Example 3
6r and 3r added together is equal to
9r.

Now that you have had the chance to look at some examples, try to simplify the expressions underneath and then click the show answer button to see
the solution.

Questions
Simplify the following algebraic expressions as much as possible and
then check your answer using the show answers button.

## Simplifying Complex Algebraic Expressions

Algebraic expressions can be a bit more complex an then they are a bit harder to simplify. However, the concept is still the same. It’s just that we have to
think a bit more.
Example 1
Four times 6 is equal to 24, “a” to the
power of four times “a” is equal to “a” to
the power of five and “b” times “b” to the
power of three is equal to “b” to the
power of four. This put together then
gives us the simplified solution.

Example 2
We can easily simplify this expression
by adding together the indices. In this
case, this is r + z.

Example 3
First we have to simplify the bottom
row and then we can solve the
fraction by dividing the numbers
and subtracting the indices.

## Algebraic expressions are more difficult to simplify when they contain more numbers, letters and operations. However, the methods we use are always

## the same.

## Expanding Brackets and Factorising

Next we recommend that you look at how to expand brackets and factorise algebraic expressions. If you would rather choose a different
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Chapter 13.0: Learning Outcomes
Students will be introduced to the concept of simplification of algebraic
terms!
Students will learn how to simplify simple and complex algebraic
expression!

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