Algebraic NotationSimplify the expressions using the normal conventions of algebra. 
Can you write the following expressions in their simplest forms? Use the buttons provided to insert the squared and cubed symbols if required.
This is Algebraic Notation level 1. You can also try:
Collecting Like Terms
Level 2
Factorising
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Collecting Like Terms  This is where you would start. It is important to know which terms are 'like' and can be combined into one term.
Level 1  Simplify simple expressions by writing them in a more compact form
Level 2  Simplify some slightly more difficult expressions
Factorising  The next step is to understand how expressions can be simplified by factorising them.
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In algebra it is common to use:
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Quasimodo4711@freenet.de, Germany
Sunday, December 20, 2015
"Don't know what key should be used for the multiplication sign with a German keyboard?"
Transum,
Monday, December 21, 2015
"Hello Quasimodo4711 in Germany. None of the answers to this exercise require a multiplication sign. When two or more terms are multiplied together they can be shown without a sign. For example 6 times b is 6b and 5 times x times y times y is 5xy^{2}."