Elementary Algebra

Published by Cengage Learning
ISBN 10: 1285194055
ISBN 13: 978-1-28519-405-9

Chapter 1 - Some Basic Concepts of Arithmetic and Algebra - 1.5 - Use of Properties - Concept Quiz 1.5 - Page 33: 10



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Similar terms are terms whose literal coefficients (or variables) are exactly the same, including their exponents. Terms like the ones below are similar terms: (i) $2x$ and $-5x$ (ii) $3xy$ and $-5xy$ (iii) $6x^2y$ and $3x^2y$ The given expressions are not similar terms because they have different sets of variables. After all, one expression includes the variable, z, while the other expression does not.
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