Algebra: A Combined Approach (4th Edition)

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Chapter 5 - Section 5.3 - Introduction to Polynomials - Exercise Set: 80

Answer

No simplification possible

Work Step by Step

The two $a$ terms and the two $b$ terms are unlike terms as they all contain different powers. Therefore, they cannot be added together, which means the expression cannot be simplified further.
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