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DIY Maths: Expanding expressions with brackets


In this module you will learn how to remove the brackets from algebraic expressions


The eight-minute video above from ExamSolutions shows you how to expand brackets in an several expressions.

The ten-minute video above is the first of a two-part series that contains a great explanation of how to expand the brackets or "distribute". This is a US film, so the teacher says "parentheses" instead of "brackets", but it's such a good explanation that it's worth putting up with the US terminology.


The above video is the second of a two-part series on how to expand brackets or "distribute" in algebra. This video focuses on distributing negative signs.


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There are times when you MUST use brackets to be correct.

Expanding brackets incorrectly is one of the most common errors in equation solving.

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