Skip to main content
click map TCC Home TCC Library Home

Math Help: Expanding expressions with brackets

Refresh your competency in the various areas of Mathematics.


In this module you will learn how to remove the brackets from algebraic expressions


The eight-minute video above from ExamSolutions shows you how to expand brackets in an several expressions.

The ten-minute video above is the first of a two-part series that contains a great explanation of how to expand the brackets or "distribute". This is a US film, so the teacher says "parentheses" instead of "brackets", but it's such a good explanation that it's worth putting up with the US terminology.


The above video is the second of a two-part series on how to expand brackets or "distribute" in algebra. This video focuses on distributing negative signs.


Did you know?

There are times when you MUST use brackets to be correct.

Expanding brackets incorrectly is one of the most common errors in equation solving.

Study and practice

Search for more info

Use these search terms to find your own resources:

expanding brackets
expanding parentheses
the distributive property in algebra

Metro Campus Library: 918.595.7172 | Northeast Campus Library: 918.595.7501 | Southeast Campus Library: 918.595.7701 | West Campus Library: 918.595.8010
email: Library Website Technical Help | TCC Acceptable Use Policy | MyTCC | © 2018 Tulsa Community College