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Running Head: SIMPLIFYING EXPRESSIONS1Simplifying ExpressionsSusan BoothMAT 221Makan RokniApril 18, 2014
Running Head: SIMPLIFYING EXPRESSIONS2Simplifying ExpressionsSimplifyingan expression is the process of changing a complex or lengthy expression into a less complicated or simpler equivalent. Solving a problem in the most efficient manner requires the understanding of algebraic concepts. When simplifying an expression, one of the first steps is to combine like termsas they have the same variable or variables. One thing to consider is that each variable must be raised to the same power or none at all. A coefficientis a number used to multiply a variable. So, for example, the term 5x contains both a number and a variable. “5” is the coefficient and “x” is the variable. The distributiveproperty essentially tells one how to deal with what is in the parenthesis. It is used to multiply a sum across two or more terms or addends inside the parentheses, allowing for the
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