Like Terms

Pronunciation: /laɪk tɜrmz/ Explain

Terms are like terms if they have the same variables with the same exponents.

Examples of like terms

Term 1Term 2
3x214x2
2477
2a2b312a2b3

Examples of unlike terms

Term 1Term 2Reason
3x214xDifferent exponents
2477aDifferent variables
2a2b32a2b2Different exponents on b

References

  1. Keigwin, H. W.. Principles of Elementary Algebra. pg 5. www.archive.org. Ginn & Company. 1886. Last Accessed 8/30/2018. http://www.archive.org/stream/principlesofelem00dupurich#page/5/mode/1up/search/like. Buy the book
  2. Bettinger, Alvin K. and Englund, John A.. Algebra and Trigonometry. pp 21-22. www.archive.org. International Textbook Company. January 1963. Last Accessed 8/30/2018. http://www.archive.org/stream/algebraandtrigon033520mbp#page/n18/mode/1up. Buy the book

More Information

  • McAdams, David E.. Term. allmathwords.org. All Math Words Encyclopedia. Life is a Story Problem LLC. 8/31/2018. http://www.allmathwords.org/en/t/term.html.

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