Edexcel IGCSE Maths

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2.3.3 Expanding Three Brackets

Expanding three brackets

  • We’re still following the basic principle of expanding here – get rid of the brackets by multiplying out
  • We just need a good method to make sure everything gets multiplied by everything else in the correct way

Beware of minus signs

  • Remember the basic rules:
    “ − × − = + ”
    “ − × + = − ”

How to multiply out three brackets

  • Multiply out one pair of brackets using FOIL (as for two brackets)
  • If the new bracket has two terms use FOIL (again!)
  • Otherwise link each term in the smaller bracket to each term in the larger bracket (that’s six links in total)
  • Write down the six multiplications
  • Careful here – you have to be sure to include any minus signs!
  • Simplify by collecting like terms (if there are any)

Worked Example

Expanding Three Brackets Worked Example1, downloadable IGCSE & GCSE Maths revision notes



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