topic badge
Grade 9

Mixed operations with algebraic terms (incl negatives)


We've already learnt about the concept of negative numbers and how to simplify and evaluate expressions with positive and negative numbers.

Now we are going to look at working with algebraic expressions that have positive and negative terms.

There are a few important things to remember when working with positive and negative numbers:

  • Multiplying a positive term and a negative term gives a negative answer
  • Multiplying two negative terms gives a positive answer 
  • Subtracting a negative term is the same as adding a positive term
$3-\left(-2a\right)$3(2a) is the same as $3+2a$3+2a
  • Adding a negative term is the same as subtracting the term
 $h+\left(-3\right)$h+(3) is the same as $h-3$h3


Handy Hint

It may help to visualise a number line when you are working with positive and negative numbers. Negatives go to the left down the number line and positives go up to the right down the number line.



Question 1

Simplify: $-2m-9m$2m9m


Question 2

Simplify the expression: $3x-\left(-4x\right)-2x$3x(4x)2x


Question 3

Simplify the expression $\frac{10x}{3x}$10x3x




Multiply a polynomial by a monomial involving the same variable to give results up to degree three using a variety of tools

What is Mathspace

About Mathspace