A farmer, Kelly, has two lovely plots of rectangular land to grow some vegetables. Her friend will help her plant in the spring. One plot of land is

In this concept, you will learn to simplify variable expressions involving multiple operations.

### Simplifying Variable Expressions Involving Multiple Operations

Sometimes, you may need to simplify algebraic expressions that involve more than one operation. Use what you know about simplifying sums, differences, products, or quotients of algebraic expressions to help you do this.

When evaluating expressions, it is important to keep in mind the **order of operations**, which is

- First, do the computation inside parentheses.
- Second, evaluate any exponents.
- Third, multiply and divide in order from left to right.
- Finally, add and subtract in order from left to right.

Now let’s look at an example.

Simplify this expression

First, simplify according to the order of operations. According to the order of operations, you should multiply first.

Next, add like terms.

The answer is

Here is another example.

Simplify the expression

First, follow the order of operations and rewrite the division as a fraction.

Next, simplify the fraction, assuming

Next, rewrite the equation.

Simplify, by combing like terms.

The answer is

### Examples

#### Example 1

Earlier, you were given a problem about Kelly and her two plots of land.

One is

The plots of land need to be combined to find the total area of farmable land.

First, consider the equation for the area of a rectangle.

Next, calculate the area of the first rectangular plot of land.

Then, calculate the area of the second rectangular plot of land.

Next, write and expression for the total area of the two plots of land.

Finally combine like terms.

The answer is

#### Example 2

Samera has twice as many pets as Amit has. Kyra has 4 times as many pets as Amit has. Let

- Write an expression to represent the number of pets Samera has.
- Write an expression to represent the number of pets Kyra has.
- Write an expression to represent the number of pets Samera and Kyra have all together.

First, answer part *a*.

Samera has twice as many pets as Amit. Since Amit has a pets, Samera has

Next, answer part *b*.

Kyra has 4 times as many pets as Amit has. Since Amit has a pets, Kyra has

Finally, answer part *c*.

To find the number of pets Samera and Kyra have “all together,” write an addition expression.

Finally, combine like terms.

The answer is

**Simplify each expression.**

#### Example 3

Combine the like terms

The answer is

#### Example 4

First, follow the order of operations and do the division first.

Next, combine like terms.

The answer is

#### Example 5

Follow the order of operations and perform the addition and subtraction from left to right.

The answer is

### Review

Simplify each expression involving multiple operations.

6a+4a−2b 16b−4b⋅2 22a÷2+14a 19x−5x⋅2 16y−12y÷2 16a−4a−12b 26a+14a+12b+2b - \begin{align*}18a + 4a + 12y\end{align*}
- \begin{align*}46a + 34a-12b + 14b\end{align*}
- \begin{align*}6x + 4x + 2x + 4y-19z\end{align*}
- \begin{align*}26y-12y \div 2\end{align*}
- \begin{align*}36y-12y \div 12\end{align*}
- \begin{align*}46y + 12y \div 2\end{align*}

### Review (Answers)

To see the Review answers, open this PDF file and look for section 7.6.

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