## Simplest Form (Algebra) | ## more ... |

In general, an expression is in simplest form when it is easiest to use. Example, this: 5x + x - 3 Is simpler as: 6x - 3 Common ways to help you simplify: • Combine Like Terms • Factoring • Expanding (the opposite of factoring) can also sometimes help • Clear out fractions by multiplying • Recognizing a pattern you have seen before, like the difference of squares |