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Simplification Examples Resource (Free Download)

Suitable for Year groups: 7, 8

Simplification Examples resource description

This resource gives some examples of simplifying algebraic expressions by collecting like terms.

Simplification Examples

What is the resource?

This PDF is packed with work examples for simplifying algebraic expressions.  It aims to support secondary school students learning algebra basics.

 

Why is simplification important?

Simplified expressions are the building blocks of maths! Without this skill, things get messy fast:

  • Problem-solving: Easier to solve equations when they're in their simplest form.
  • Error reduction: Fewer terms in an expression means fewer spots to make mistakes.
  • Advanced maths: Simplification is essential for calculus, graphs, and beyond.

 

Why is this resource helpful?

The resource breaks down a sometimes confusing skill:

  • Step-by-step solutions: Offers clear demonstrations of how to tackle simplifications.
  • Different example types: Cover collecting terms, multiplying brackets, and more.
  • Builds confidence: Lets students follow alongside worked solutions before doing their own.
  • Printable PDF: Great for in-class reference or independent revision at home.

This resource clears the hurdles to algebraic simplification. This means less student frustration and better mastery of more complex problems in the future.

 

Also, have a look at our wide range of worksheets that are specifically curated to help your students practice their skills related to general simplification. These teaching resources and worksheets are in PDF format and can be downloaded easily.

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