The Distributive Property


removing brackets from an expression is known as expanding the expression.

this usually occurs when a term outside a bracket is multiplied by each of the terms inside the bracket.

the outside term "distributes" itself over the inside terms.

Key Skills

  • multiply a number or term into a bracket
  • expand two brackets
  • recognise the patterns of perfect squares and difference of two squares.


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