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

The process of combining like terms is similar to "adding apples": (two apples)+(three apples)=five apples. Adding like terms results in a like term whose coefficient is the sum of the coefficients, and variable factor is equal to the two that are being added. Examples: $5x+2x=(5+2)x=7x$ $32ab-25ab=32ab+(-25ab)=(32-25)ab=7ab$