Like Terms

Pronunciation: /laɪk tɜrmz/ ?

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

Examples of like terms

Term 1Term 2

Examples of unlike terms

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


  1. Keigwin, H. W.. Principles of Elementary Algebra, pg 5. Ginn & Company, 1886. (Accessed: 2010-01-12).
  2. Bettinger, Alvin K. and Englund, John A.. Algebra and Trigonometry, pp 21-22. International Textbook Company, January 1963. (Accessed: 2010-01-12).

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2008-08-21: Added vocabulary link for 'variables' and added 'More Information' (McAdams, David.)
2007-07-12: Initial version (McAdams, David.)

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