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Use the Distributive Property and/or combine like terms to simplify each expression.

  1. Combine like terms.

  1. Follow the steps in part (a).
    Remember that you can only combine terms that are identical
    ( cannot be combined with or ).

  1. Start by distributing throughout the parentheses.

    Then continue simplifying by combining like terms and using the Order of Operations.

  1. Follow the steps in part (c).
    Don't forget to distribute throughout the parentheses before combining like terms!