Simplest Form (Algebra)

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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