## Expanding and Simplifying (x + 6)(x - 4)

In this article, we will be expanding the polynomial (x + 6)(x - 4) and expressing it in **standard form**.

### Expanding the Polynomial

To expand the polynomial, we can use the **distributive property** (also known as **FOIL**).

**FOIL** stands for:

**F**irst: Multiply the first terms of each binomial: x * x = x²**O**uter: Multiply the outer terms of each binomial: x * -4 = -4x**I**nner: Multiply the inner terms of each binomial: 6 * x = 6x**L**ast: Multiply the last terms of each binomial: 6 * -4 = -24

Therefore, we have:

(x + 6)(x - 4) = x² - 4x + 6x - 24

### Simplifying the Expression

Now, we combine the like terms:

x² - 4x + 6x - 24 = x² + 2x - 24

### Standard Form

The polynomial is now in **standard form**, which is written in descending order of exponents:

**x² + 2x - 24**

This is the simplified form of the polynomial (x + 6)(x - 4).