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3-5.

For each of the following expressions, find at least three equivalent expressions. Which do you consider to be the simplest?

  1. Rewrite showing as a product.

    Multiply using a generic rectangle.

    Generic Rectangle labeled as follows: top edge, left, 2 x, right, negative 3. left edge, top, negative 3, bottom, 2 x. Interior: top left, negative 6 x, top right, 9, bottom left, 4, x squared, bottom right, negative 6 x.

    Simplify the expression.

    Simplest Expression:

  1. Start by writing the expression in the long form.

    Regroup using the Associative and Commutative properties of multiplication.