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These are the Transum resources related to the statement: "Pupils should be taught to simplify and manipulate algebraic expressions (including those involving surds {and algebraic fractions}) by: factorising quadratic expressions of the form x^{2} + bx + c, including the difference of 2 squares; {factorising quadratic expressions of the form ax^{2} + bx + c} and by simplifying expressions involving sums, products and powers, including the laws of indices".

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- Algebraic Fractions A mixture of algebraic fraction calculations and simplifications.
- Algebraic Notation Simplification using the normal conventions of algebra.
- Collecting Like Terms Practise your algebraic simplification skills with this self marking exercise.
- How old was Diophantus? An ancient riddle which can be answered by solving an equation containing fractions.
- Indices A self marking exercise on indices (powers) including evaluating statements and solving equations.

Here are some exam-style questions on this statement:

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*Multiply out and simplify:*" ... more - "
*Find the highest common factor of the following two expressions:*" ... more - "
*Simplify then find the square root of this expression:*" ... more - "
*Work out the exact value of \(n\).*" ... more - "
*(a) The \(n\)th term of a sequence is \(2^n+2^{n+1}\)*" ... more - "
*(a) Simplify the following expression.*" ... more - "
*(a) Without using a calculator, show that \(\sqrt{28}=2\sqrt7\)**The point \(X\) is shown on the unit grid below. The point \(Y\) is \(\sqrt17\) units from \(X\) and lies on the intersection of two grid lines. Mark one possible position for \(Y\).*" ... more - "
*If a, b and c are positive integers use the following statements to find the values of a, b and c.*" ... more - "
*Factorise the following expression*" ... more - "
*The expression below can be written as a single fraction in the form \( \frac{a-bx}{x^2-25} \) where \(a\) and \(b\) are integers.*" ... more - "
*\(y = a \times b^{x – 2}\) where \(a\) and \(b\) are numbers.*" ... more

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