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Adding and Subtracting Polynomials Notes

Here are my adding and subtracting polynomial notes from Algebra 2.

Nothing super exciting here.  I mainly did this to emphasize the importance of always using parentheses and what it means to distribute a negative.  

Kids always seem to make mistakes with both.  This is a specific skill that is tested in Algebra 1 in Oklahoma at the moment.

My Algebra 2 students are really struggling with the idea of combining like terms this year.  Next year, I need to make this a skill to review before our polynomial chapter!

Fill in the blank notes.  (For the record, I didn’t get this typed and printed in time, so my students had to hand-write the 5 steps.  But, I went ahead and typed it out so I would have it for next year.)  

Just the steps:

Example 1:

Example 2:

In the past, I’ve done this activity with my students to practice this, but I decided to skip it this year.

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