# How do you simplify 4 + 6 (3m + 2)?

Apr 25, 2016

4 + 18m + 12 = ??
Simplify it where possible.

#### Explanation:

Firstly, your main priority is to expand the bracket. And you can see the 6 in front of the bracket, so you must include it when you expand it - don't ignore!

Solve the 6(3m+2) first.

Not sure how to expand?
$6 \times 3 m + 6 \times 2$
= 18m + 12

You've now expanded the bracket.
You can now bring in the 4 into the equation.
4 + 18m + 12 = ?

This algebraic expression is made up of like and unlike terms. If you look at the equation, 4 and 12 are like terms, whereas 18m is different (so it is unlike).