# Thread: How can algebraic expressions be rewritten in equivalent form?

1. ## How can algebraic expressions be rewritten in equivalent form?

How do I answer this question? Can you please explain and show an example. Please explain well because I don't know what to write.

2. Your question is a bit vague.

In most algebras, terms in the algebra can be directly compared for equality by rewriting to some canonical form (meaning that terms in the same equivalence class always rewrites to the same canonical form).

For example, we can define canonical form for a polynomial to be $a_0 + a_1x^1 + a_2x^2 + ...$.
We can rewrite $(x + 1)^2 = 1 + 2x + x^2$ and $x^2 - (x - 1) + 3x = 1 + 2x + x^2$ to show that $(x + 1)^2 = x^2 - (x - 1) + 3x$ since they have the same canonical form.
Furthermore, if the canonical form of two polynomials differ, then we can conclusively say they are different.

3. Originally Posted by Johnathon324
How do I answer this question? Can you please explain and show an example. Please explain well because I don't know what to write.
When this question arose in your class, what was the class lesson of the day?

4. My teacher was talking about properties such as distributive and communitive

5. Your question is still vague.

Were you asked this exact question without any context?

6. Originally Posted by Johnathon324
My teacher was talking about properties such as distributive and communitive
With a distributive property, you can rewrite a(b + c) as ab + ac. And with a commutative property, you can rewrite ab as ba (you can plug in the numbers).