Help your students prepare for their Maths GCSE with this free algebraic expressions worksheet of 37 questions and answers
Algebraic expressions are sets of terms with letters and numbers that are combined using addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. These can be binomial expressions (containing two terms), trinomial expressions (containing three terms) or other polynomial expressions. A monomial contains only one term.
In maths we are often asked to simplify algebraic expressions or to manipulate algebraic expressions.
To simplify algebraic expressions we need to collect like terms by looking at integer coefficients of terms with different exponents.
Manipulating algebraic expressions includes expanding brackets (sometimes called parentheses) by multiplication. This requires applying order of operations and using the distributive property.
Algebraic expressions also include factorising algebraic expressions, which is the reverse of expanding brackets. Factorising results in an expression being written as a product of factors.
Algebraic fractions are also a part of algebraic expressions so the skills we have for fractions such as addition, subtraction, simplifying and so on are extended to be used with algebra.
Looking forward, students can then progress to additional simplifying expressions worksheets and on to more algebra worksheets, for example a sequences worksheet, simultaneous equations worksheet or straight line graphs worksheet.
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