# Algebra 1 : How to use FOIL in the distributive property

## Example Questions

### Example Question #151 : How To Use Foil In The Distributive Property

Multiply and simplify:

None of the other responses gives the correct answer.

Explanation:

Using the FOIL method, find the following four products:

F (product of the first terms):

O (product of the outer  terms):

I (product of the inner terms):

L (product of the last terms):

,

the correct choice.

### Example Question #152 : How To Use Foil In The Distributive Property

Simplify:

Explanation:

In order to solve this, use the FOIL method to distribute the terms.

Simplify the terms.

Combine like-terms.

### Example Question #151 : How To Use Foil In The Distributive Property

Simplify:

Explanation:

Use the FOIL method to distribute:

First:

Outer:

Inner:

Last:

Then simply combine like terms.

### Example Question #152 : How To Use Foil In The Distributive Property

Simplify:

Explanation:

Use the FOIL method to distribute:

First:

Outer:

Inner:

Last:

Then simply combine like terms.

### Example Question #4962 : Algebra 1

Simplify:

Explanation:

Use the FOIL method to distribute:

First:

Outer:

Inner:

Last:

Then simply combine like terms.

This is also a common pattern (squaring a binomial) with which you should be familiar.

Watch for the common mistake of squaring the terms individually and leaving out the .

### Example Question #152 : How To Use Foil In The Distributive Property

Use the FOIL method to simplify:

Explanation:

Multiply the first term of the first binomial with both terms of the second binomial.  Then add the second term of the first binomial multiplied with both terms of the second binomial.

Simplify the terms.

Combine like-terms.

### Example Question #151 : How To Use Foil In The Distributive Property

Distribute the product using the FOIL method.

Explanation:

The FOIL method stands for FIRST, OUTER, INNER, LAST. It refers to the terms in the pair of parenthesis.

We multiply together the

FIRST TERMS:

OUTER TERMS:

INNER TERMS:

LAST TERMS:

Adding them up and combining like terms yields

### Example Question #155 : How To Use Foil In The Distributive Property

Simplify the binomials:

Explanation:

The FOIL method to multiply binomials is:

Multiply the given problem using this format.

Simplify the right side.

Combine like-terms.

### Example Question #151 : How To Use Foil In The Distributive Property

Simplify the following expression:

Explanation:

To simply this expression you must distribute correctly.

Using the FOIL method is the easiest wait to do this, so:

FIRST:

OUTTER:
INNER:
LAST:

Once you combine like-terms you end up with:

### Example Question #152 : How To Use Foil In The Distributive Property

Simplify the following expression: