I normally prefer the phrase “by using the distributive law” instead of the more colloquial “by FOIL,” but I’ll make an exception in this case.

# Your Plan is Foiled

Tagged distributive law

*Posted by John Quintanilla on February 10, 2016*

https://meangreenmath.com/2016/02/10/your-plan-is-foiled/

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## howardat58

/ February 10, 2016In the olden days we called it “expand the brackets. It made sense. The popular explanation of the distributive law is very bad, see my post on this:

https://howardat58.wordpress.com/2015/01/21/more-bad-language-in-math/