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Free worksheets for simplifying algebraic expressions

With this worksheet generator, you can make printable worksheets for simplifying variable expressions for pre-algebra and algebra 1 courses. The expressions include ones where you need to combine like terms (such as 2t − 9 − 6t + 2), use the distributive property (such as 9 − 2(x + 7)), and to multiply and divide monomials, such as 2x2 · (−5x3) and −4x2 · y2 / 3x5.

To customize the worksheets, you can control the number of problems, difficulty level, range of numbers used as coefficients and constants, the usage of decimals, the amount of workspace, a border around the problems, and additional instructions.

With level 1 problems, you can additionally exclude the usage of negative integers (keep everything nonnegative).

Here are some quick links for ready worksheets. Refresh the worksheet page to get another of the same kind, until you are happy with the problems & layout.

Combine like terms - level 1
Combine like terms - level 2

Combine like terms and the distributive property - Level 1
Combine like terms and the distributive property - levels 1 & 2

Multiply and divide monomials (expressions with exponents)

Simplify various expressions - no negative numbers
Simplify various expressions (incl. negative numbers)

Simplify Expressions Worksheet Generator

Columns:   Rows: (These determine the number of problems)

Include the following types of problems:

Combine like terms
Multiply monomials (practicing exponents)
Distributive property
Simplify rational expressions (practicing exponents)

Difficulty level

Level 1: one variable, such as simplify 2t − 1 + 5t  or  p · 2p · p.
      Keep everything nonnegative

Level 2:
      For example, simplify 2(y − 4) + 4(2y − 1)  or  2x2 − 5 − 4x2

By including negative numbers in the ranges or including decimal digits, you can make the problems more difficult.

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Range for the constants:   Min Max:

Number of decimal digits used in the coefficient(s) and constant(s)
Number of empty lines below the problems (workspace)

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