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This section will look at some techniques for expanding and simplifying algebraic expressions. In the first instance, we will be looking at the distributive law, which is defined mathematically as:


We can simply demonstrate that this is true, though proving it is, like so much mathematics, beyond the scope of this section.

$2(5+7) = 2 \times 12= 24$

$2(5+7) = 2 \times 5 + 2 \times 7 = 24$

This will lead us into factorising which is the same process, but backwards. This is what we can an inverse operation.