What is expanding one bracket?
When we expand brackets in algebra we ‘get rid of’ the brackets by multiplying out. Expanding one bracket is done by multiplying everything inside the bracket by the factor that is outside the bracket.
Remember the basic rules:
“ − × − = + ”
“ − × + = − ”
- Identify the factor outside the bracket
- Identify the terms inside the bracket
- Link the outside factor to the inside terms
- Follow the links to multiply the outside
factor by each term inside the bracket