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## Chapter 4 Lesson 1 – Distributive Property

Students will learn how to apply the Distributive property and simplify variable expressions by combining like terms. Special emphasis is placed on knowing how to determine when terms are “like terms.” Many examples are explained as simplifying variable expressions is critical to understanding other areas of algebra.

Sections:

• Distributive Property

• Simplifying by Combining Like Terms

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### Good work you finished the first lesson!

You should be able to:

* understand why we need the distributive property

* apply the distributive property to multiplication problems

* apply the distributive property to expressions that involve variables

Let’s finish this short but important chapter by looking at like terms.