## Introductory Algebra for College Students (7th Edition)

The terms of an algebraic expressions are those parts separated by addition. A term can be a number, a variable, or a number times some variables. Like terms are terms that have exactly the same variable factors. For example, in $2x+3xy-2y+6-x+5xy+2,$ the like terms are $2x$ and $-x,$ $3xy$ and $5xy,$ $6$ and $2,$