In this beginner lesson, we practice the process of FACTORING simple, linear expressions.
I start out by using the area of rectangles as a model for factoring: when two rectangles both have one side the same (such as 2 units), we can JOIN them together to form a single, larger rectangle.
For example, if the areas of the individual rectangles are 2x and 2y, then the area of the combined rectangle is 2(x + y). This idea MODELS the mathematical process of factoring 2x + 2y as 2(x + y).
I also factor some linear expressions without using the visual model.
This is the 2nd part of a lesson on the distributive property, and is aimed specifically for 6th grade (standard 6.EE.3), but is also useful for pre-algebra and algebra students. The first part of the lesson explains how to use the distributive property and is found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hzXfan5T0MQ
Find worksheets to practice factoring simple algebraic expressions in my book Math Mammoth Expressions and Equations at http://www.mathmammoth.com/expressions_equations.php and also in Math Mammoth Grade 6 complete curriculum at http://www.mathmammoth.com/complete/grade_6.php
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