Simplify
Pronunciation: /ˈsɪm.pləˌfaɪ/ Explain
To simplify is to convert to a simpler form.
When simplifying an
expression,
we change it or convert it to a simpler form. The table in figure 1 shows
an example of simplification.
Expression  Rule Being Used 
3(x+2)(3x3)+(4x)  
3x+6(3x3)+(4x)  Distributive property of multiplication over addition and subtraction. 
3x+63x+3+(4x)  Distributive property of multiplication over addition and subtraction. 
3x+63x+3+4x  Distributive property of multiplication over addition and subtraction. 
3x3x+6+3+4x  Commutative property of addition. 
3x3x+6+3x+4  Commutative property of addition. 
3x3x+6x+3+4  Commutative property of addition. 
3x3xx+6+3+4  Commutative property of addition. 
3x3xx+6+3+4  Commutative property of addition. 
x+13  Combining like terms. 
Figure 1: Table showing simplification of 3(x+2)(3x3)+(4x).

References
 Bettinger, Alvin K. and Englund, John A.. Algebra and Trigonometry. pg 1721. www.archive.org. International Textbook Company. January 1963. Last Accessed 12/13/2018. http://www.archive.org/stream/algebraandtrigon033520mbp#page/n18/mode/1up. Buy the book
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McAdams, David E. Simplify. 12/21/2018. All Math Words Encyclopedia. Life is a Story Problem LLC. http://www.allmathwords.org/en/s/simplify.html.
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