Combining Like Terms Requiring Distribution (Example 3)

Merge two important algebraic skills to simplify polynomial expressions. A thorough video lesson describes the process of distributing and combining like terms to simplify an expression. Examples show how to distribute one or two constants to a binomial and then combine the resulting terms.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Have pupils circle like terms in matching colors before combining
  • Follow the lesson with whiteboard practice as a quick understanding check
Classroom Considerations

  • Expects experience with both the distributive property and combining like terms

  • Provides links to additional resources on the same topic
  • Explanations are clear and concise

  • None