# 1.4. Removing Brackets. Introduction. Prerequisites. Learning Outcomes. Learning Style

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1 Removing Brackets 1. Introduction In order to simplify an expression which contains brackets it is often necessary to rewrite the expression in an equivalent form but without any brackets. This process of removing brackets must be carried out according to particular rules which are described in this Block. Prerequisites Before starting this Block you should... Learning Outcomes After completing this Block you should be able to... 1 be able to simplify expressions by collecting like terms 2 be able to use the laws of indices Learning Style To achieve what is expected of you... allocate sufficient study time remove brackets from mathematical expressions briefly revise the prerequisite material attempt every guided exercise and most of the other exercises

2 1. Removing brackets from the expressions a(b + c) and a(b c). Removing brackets means multiplying out. For example 5(2+) = 5 6 = 30 but also 5(2+) = = = 30. That is: 5(2+)=5 2+5 In an expression such as 5(x + y) it is intended that the 5 multiplies both x and y to produce 5x +5y. Thus the expressions 5(x + y) and 5x +5y are equivalent. In general we have the following rules known as distributive laws: Key Point a(b + c) =ab + ac, a(b c) =ab ac Note that when the brackets are removed both terms in the brackets are multiplied by a As we have noted above, if you insert numbers instead of letters into these expressions you will see that both left and right hand sides are equivalent. For example (3 + 5) has the same value as (3) + (5), that is 32 and 7(8 3) has the same value as 7(8) 7(3), that is 35 Example Remove the brackets from a) 9(2 + y), b) 9(2y). a) In the expression 9(2 + y) the 9 must multiply both terms in the brackets: 9(2 + y) = 9(2) + 9(y) = 18+9y b) Recall that 9(2y) means 9 (2 y) and that when multiplying numbers together the presence of brackets is irrelevant. Thus 9(2y) =9 2 y =18y The crucial distinction between the role of the factor 9 in the two expressions 9(2 + y) and 9(2y) should be noted. Example Remove the brackets from 9(x + 2y). In the expression 9(x +2y) the 9 must multiply both the x and the 2y in the brackets. Thus 9(x +2y) = 9x + 9(2y) = 9x +18y Engineering Mathematics: Open Learning Unit Level 0 2

3 Example Remove the brackets from 3(5x z). The number 3 must multiply both the 5x and the z. 3(5x z) = ( 3)(5x) ( 3)(z) = 15x +3z Example Remove the brackets from 6x(3x 2y). 6x(3x 2y) = 6x(3x) 6x(2y) = 18x 2 12xy Example Remove the brackets from (3x + 1). Although the 1 is unwritten, the minus sign outside the brackets stands for 1. therefore consider the expression 1(3x + 1). We must 1(3x +1) = ( 1)(3x)+( 1)(1) = 3x +( 1) = 3x 1 Example Remove the brackets from (5x 3y). (5x 3y) means 1(5x 3y). 1(5x 3y) = ( 1)(5x) ( 1)(3y) = 5x +3y 3 Engineering Mathematics: Open Learning Unit Level 0

4 Try each part of this exercise Remove the brackets from a) 9(2x +3y), b) m(m + n). Part (a) The 9 must multiply both the term 2x and the term 3y. Answer Part (b) In the expression m(m + n) the first m must multiply both terms in the brackets. Answer Example Remove the brackets from the expression 5x (3x + 1) and simplify the result by collecting like terms. The brackets in (3x + 1) were removed in an example on p.3. 5x (3x +1) = 5x 1(3x +1) = 5x 3x 1 = 2x 1 Example Show that x 1, (x+1) and x+1 are all equivalent expressions. Consider (x + 1). Removing the brackets we obtain x 1 and so x 1 is equivalent to (x +1) A negative quantity divided by a positive quantity will be negative. Hence (x +1) is equivalent to x +1 You should study all three expressions carefully to recognise the variety of equivalent ways in which we can write an algebraic expression. Sometimes the bracketed expression can appear on the left, as in (a+b)c. To remove the brackets here we use the following rules: Key Point (a + b)c = ac + bc, (a b)c = ac bc Note that when the brackets are removed both the terms in the brackets multiply c. Engineering Mathematics: Open Learning Unit Level 0

5 Example Remove the brackets from (2x + 3y)x. Both terms in the brackets multiply the x outside. Thus (2x +3y)x = 2x(x)+3y(x) = 2x 2 +3yx Now do this exercise Remove the brackets from a) (x + 3)( 2), b) (x 3)( 2). Answer 2. Removing brackets from expressions of the form (a + b)(c + d). Sometimes it is necessary to consider two bracketed terms multiplied together. In the expression (a + b)(c + d), by regarding the first bracket as a single term we can use the result in Section 1 to write it as (a + b)c +(a + b)d. Removing the brackets from each of these terms produces ac + bc + ad + bd. More concisely: Key Point (a + b)(c + d) =(a + b)c +(a + b)d = ac + bc + ad + bd We see that each term in the first bracketed expression multiplies each term in the second bracketed expression. Example Remove the brackets from (3 + x)(2 + y) we find (3 + x)(2 + y) = (3 + x)(2) + (3 + x)y = (3)(2) + (x)(2) + (3)(y)+(x)(y) =6+2x +3y + xy Example Remove the brackets from (3x + )(x + 2) and simplify your result. (3x + )(x +2)=(3x + )(x)+(3x + )(2) =3x 2 +x +6x +8=3x 2 +10x +8 5 Engineering Mathematics: Open Learning Unit Level 0

6 Example Remove the brackets from (a + b) 2 and simplify your result. When a quantity is squared it is multiplied by itself. Thus (a + b) 2 =(a + b)(a + b) = (a + b)a +(a + b)b = a 2 + ba + ab + b 2 = a 2 +2ab + b 2 Key Point (a + b) 2 = a 2 +2ab + b 2 (a b) 2 = a 2 2ab + b 2 Now do this exercise Remove the brackets from the following expressions and simplify the results. (a) (x + 7)(x + 3), (b) (x + 3)(x 2), Answer Example Explain the distinction between (x + 3)(x + 2) and x +3(x + 2). In the first case removing the brackets we find (x + 3)(x +2) = x 2 +3x +2x +6 = x 2 +5x +6 In the second case we have x +3(x +2)=x +3x +6=x +6 Note that in the second case the term (x + 2) is only multiplied by 3 and not by x. Example Remove the brackets from (s 2 +2s + )(s +3). Each term in the first bracket must multiply each term in the second. Working through all combinations systematically we have (s 2 +2s + )(s +3) = (s 2 +2s + )(s) + (s 2 +2s + )(3) = s 3 +2s 2 +s +3s 2 +6s +12 = s 3 +5s 2 +10s +12 Engineering Mathematics: Open Learning Unit Level 0 6

7 More exercises for you to try 1. Remove the brackets from each of the following expressions: a) 2(mn), b) 2(m + n), c) a(mn), d) a(m + n), e) a(m n), f) (am)n, g) (a + m)n, h) (a m)n, i) 5(pq), j) 5(p + q), k) 5(p q), l) 7(xy), m) 7(x + y), n) 7(x y), o) 8(2p + q), p) 8(2pq), q) 8(2p q), r) 5(p 3q), s) 5(p +3q) t) 5(3pq). 2. Remove the brackets from each of the following expressions: a) (a + b), b) 2(m n), c) 9(x y), 3. Remove the brackets from each of the following expressions and simplify where possible: a) (2 + a)(3 + b), b) (x + 1)(x + 2), c) (x + 3)(x + 3), d) (x + 5)(x 3). Remove the brackets from each of the following expressions: a) (7 + x)(2 + x), b) (9 + x)(2 + x), c) (x + 9)(x 2), d) (x + 11)(x 7), e) (x +2)x, f) (3x +1)x, g) (3x + 1)(x + 1), h) (3x + 1)(2x +1) i) (3x + 5)(2x + 7), j) (3x + 5)(2x 1), k) (5 3x)(x +1) l)(2 x)(1 x) 5. Remove the brackets from (s + 1)(s + 5)(s 3). Answer 7 Engineering Mathematics: Open Learning Unit Level 0

8 End of Block 1. Engineering Mathematics: Open Learning Unit Level 0 8

9 18x +27y Back to the theory 9 Engineering Mathematics: Open Learning Unit Level 0

10 m 2 + mn Back to the theory Engineering Mathematics: Open Learning Unit Level 0 10

11 a) Both terms in the bracket must multiply the 2. 2x 6 (b) 2x +6 Back to the theory 11 Engineering Mathematics: Open Learning Unit Level 0

12 (a) (x + 7)(x +3)=x 2 +7x +3x +21=x 2 +10x +21 (b) (x + 3)(x 2) = x 2 +3x 2x 6=x 2 + x 6 Back to the theory Engineering Mathematics: Open Learning Unit Level 0 12

13 1. a) 2mn, b)2m +2n, c)amn, d)am + an, e)am an, f)amn, g)an + mn, h) an mn, i)5pq, j)5p +5q, k)5p 5q, l)7xy, m)7x +7y, n)7x 7y, o) 16p +8q, p)16pq, q)16p 8q, r)5p 15q, s)5p +15q, t)15pq 2. a) a +b, b)2m 2n, c)9x 9y 3. a) 6 + 3a +2b + ab, b)x 2 +3x +2,c)x 2 +6x +9,d)x 2 +2x 15. a) 1 + 9x + x 2,b)18+11x + x 2,c)x 2 +7x 18, d) x 2 +x 77, e) x 2 +2x, f)3x 2 + x, g) 3x 2 +x +1 h) 6x 2 +5x +1,i)6x 2 +31x + 35, j) 6x 2 +7x 5, k) 3x 2 +2x +5, l)x 2 3x s 3 +3s 2 13s 15 Back to the theory 13 Engineering Mathematics: Open Learning Unit Level 0

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