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Combining Like Terms

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Combining Like Terms

Section 1.4

- Terms are separated by + and – signs in an algebraic expression
- (3 terms)

- Terms that contain the same variables, with corresponding variables having the same power.

- Blue Pawn: Positive x
- White Pawn: Negative x
- Green Cube: Positive numbers
- Red Cube: Negative numbers

3x+5+2x+2

2x+3+5x-6

-3x+1-2x-6

4x-8-5x+2

- Contains no like terms and no parentheses.

- Application of the distributive property.

- It is the numerical factor. The number being multiplied by the variable.
- To combine like terms we can simply combine the coefficients of the like terms.

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