How do you simplify #4 + 6 (3m + 2)#?
4 + 18m + 12 = ??
Simplify it where possible.
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?
= 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).
Add the like terms together first, then add the unlike terms.
4 + 18m + 12
= 16 + 18m is your simplified answer, since 4 + 12 = 16.