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Running head: SIMPLIFYING EXPRESSIONS 1 Simplifying Expressions MAT 221 Michele Scotti Student’s Name
SIMPLIFYING EXPRESSIONS 2 The properties of real numbers are very important in trying to solve algebraic equations and once we get to learn these, we will be able to solve algebraic equations in a step-by-step manner and the solutions will be easier for us. These properties can be applied in Algebra because a variable is simply a letter that represents a real number. The distributive property is one that we apply often when simplifying algebraic expressions. When the contents of parentheses cannot be simplified, multiply every term within the parentheses by the factor outside of the parentheses using the distributive property. Applying the distributive property allows you to multiply and remove the parentheses. Terms with the same variable parts are called like terms, or similar terms. Furthermore, constant terms are considered to be like terms. If an algebraic expression contains like terms, apply the