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Free worksheets for the distributive property and factoring

With this worksheet generator, you can make customizable worksheets for the distributive property and factoring. These worksheets are especially meant for pre-algebra and algebra 1 courses (grades 6-9).

The generator includes only very simple problems with linear expressions. We hope to add more problem types later.


Basic instructions for the worksheets

Each worksheet is randomly generated and thus unique. The answer key is automatically generated and is placed on the second page of the file.

You can generate the worksheets either in html or PDF format — both are easy to print. To get the PDF worksheet, simply push the button titled "Create PDF" or "Make PDF worksheet". To get the worksheet in html format, push the button "View in browser" or "Make html worksheet". This has the advantage that you can save the worksheet directly from your browser (choose File → Save) and then edit it in Word or other word processing program.

Sometimes the generated worksheet is not exactly what you want. Just try again! To get a different worksheet using the same options:

  • PDF format: come back to this page and push the button again.
  • Html format: simply refresh the worksheet page in your browser window.

Below you'll find links to make some common type worksheets, meant for grades 6-8.

Simplify expressions such as 2(x + 3) using the distributive property; no negative numbers

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Simplify expressions such as 2(x + 3 + y) using the distributive property; no negative numbers

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Simplify expressions such as −5(2x − 3) using the distributive property

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Simplify expressions such as −5(2x − 3 + y) using the distributive property

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Factor expressions such as 2x + 6 using the distributive property; no negative numbers

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Factor expressions such as 15x + 30 + 25y using the distributive property; no negative numbers

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Factor linear expressions such as −6x + 3 using the distributive property

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Factor linear expressions such as −24x − 8 + 16y using the distributive property

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Distributive property/factoring Worksheet Generator

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Number of empty lines below the problem (workspace)


Basic problem types:
Factoring
Use the distributive property (open the brackets)

Choose the types of problems generated for the worksheet. Choose AT LEAST one type.

Type 1: constant times a linear expression with 2 terms, such as  2(x + 6) = 2x + 12

Type 2: constant times a linear expression with more terms, such as   3(y + 2x − 5) = 3y + 6x − 15

Page orientation:
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(PDF worksheet only; the orientation of an html worksheet can be set in the print preview of the browser)

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