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Evaluate 3 x 2 + 4 x + 1 when x = 3 .

40

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Evaluate 6 x 2 4 x 7 when x = 2 .

9

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Indentify and combine like terms

Algebraic expressions are made up of terms. A term is a constant, or the product of a constant and one or more variables.

Term

A term    is a constant, or the product of a constant and one or more variables.

Examples of terms are 7 , y , 5 x 2 , 9 a , and b 5 .

The constant that multiplies the variable is called the coefficient .

Coefficient

The coefficient    of a term is the constant that multiplies the variable in a term.

Think of the coefficient as the number in front of the variable. The coefficient of the term 3 x is 3. When we write x , the coefficient is 1, since x = 1 · x .

Identify the coefficient of each term: 14 y 15 x 2 a .

Solution

The coefficient of 14 y is 14.

The coefficient of 15 x 2 is 15.

The coefficient of a is 1 since a = 1 a .

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Identify the coefficient of each term: 17 x 41 b 2 z .

14 41 1

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Identify the coefficient of each term: 9 p 13 a 3 y 3 .

9 13 1

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Some terms share common traits. Look at the following 6 terms. Which ones seem to have traits in common?

5 x 7 n 2 4 3 x 9 n 2

The 7 and the 4 are both constant terms.

The 5x and the 3 x are both terms with x .

The n 2 and the 9 n 2 are both terms with n 2 .

When two terms are constants or have the same variable and exponent, we say they are like terms .

  • 7 and 4 are like terms.
  • 5 x and 3 x are like terms.
  • x 2 and 9 x 2 are like terms.

Like terms

Terms that are either constants or have the same variables raised to the same powers are called like terms    .

Identify the like terms: y 3 , 7 x 2 , 14, 23, 4 y 3 , 9 x , 5 x 2 .

Solution

y 3 and 4 y 3 are like terms because both have y 3 ; the variable and the exponent match.

7 x 2 and 5 x 2 are like terms because both have x 2 ; the variable and the exponent match.

14 and 23 are like terms because both are constants.

There is no other term like 9 x .

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Identify the like terms: 9 , 2 x 3 , y 2 , 8 x 3 , 15 , 9 y , 11 y 2 .

9 and 15, y 2 and 11 y 2 , 2 x 3 and 8 x 3

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Identify the like terms: 4 x 3 , 8 x 2 , 19, 3 x 2 , 24, 6 x 3 .

19 and 24, 8 x 2 and 3 x 2 , 4 x 3 and 6 x 3

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Adding or subtracting terms forms an expression. In the expression 2 x 2 + 3 x + 8 , from [link] , the three terms are 2 x 2 , 3 x , and 8.

Identify the terms in each expression.

  1. 9 x 2 + 7 x + 12
  2. 8 x + 3 y

Solution

The terms of 9 x 2 + 7 x + 12 are 9 x 2 , 7 x , and 12.

The terms of 8 x + 3 y are 8 x and 3 y .

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Identify the terms in the expression 4 x 2 + 5 x + 17 .

4 x 2 , 5 x , 17

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Identify the terms in the expression 5 x + 2 y .

5 x , 2 y

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If there are like terms in an expression, you can simplify the expression by combining the like terms. What do you think 4 x + 7 x + x would simplify to? If you thought 12 x , you would be right!

4 x + 7 x + x x + x + x + x + x + x + x + x + x + x + x + x 12 x

Add the coefficients and keep the same variable. It doesn’t matter what x is—if you have 4 of something and add 7 more of the same thing and then add 1 more, the result is 12 of them. For example, 4 oranges plus 7 oranges plus 1 orange is 12 oranges. We will discuss the mathematical properties behind this later.

Simplify: 4 x + 7 x + x .

Add the coefficients. 12 x

How to combine like terms

Simplify: 2 x 2 + 3 x + 7 + x 2 + 4 x + 5 .

Solution

Three lines of instructions are listed in a column on the left side of the image while four algebraic expressions are listed on the right. The first line of instruction on the left says: “Step 1. Identify like terms.” Across from step 1 in the right column is the algebraic expression: 2x squared plus 3x plus 7 plus x squared plus 4x plus 5. One line down on the right, the same algebraic expression is repeated, except each of the terms appears in one of three colors to illustrate that these are like terms: 2x squared and x squared appear as red, illustrating that these are like terms; 3x and 4x appear as blue, illustrating that these are also like terms; 7 and 5 appear as green, illustrating that these are like terms as well. The second line of instruction on the left says: “Step 2. Rearrange the expression so the like terms are together. Across from step 2 in the right column is the original algebraic expression with terms reordered so that like terms appear side by side: 2x squared plus x2, both written in red, plus 3x plus 4x, both written n blue, plus 7 plus 5, both written in green. The third line of instruction on the left says: “Step 3. Combine like terms.” Across from step 3 in the right column is the algebraic expression with like terms combined: 3x squared in red, plus 7x in blue, plus 12 in green.
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Simplify: 3 x 2 + 7 x + 9 + 7 x 2 + 9 x + 8 .

10 x 2 + 16 x + 17

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Simplify: 4 y 2 + 5 y + 2 + 8 y 2 + 4 y + 5 .

12 y 2 + 9 y + 7

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Combine like terms.

  1. Identify like terms.
  2. Rearrange the expression so like terms are together.
  3. Add or subtract the coefficients and keep the same variable for each group of like terms.

Questions & Answers

How do you find divisible numbers without a calculator?
Jacob Reply
TAKE OFF THE LAST DIGIT AND MULTIPLY IT 9. SUBTRACT IT THE DIGITS YOU HAVE LEFT. IF THE ANSWER DIVIDES BY 13(OR IS ZERO), THEN YOUR ORIGINAL NUMBER WILL ALSO DIVIDE BY 13!IS DIVISIBLE BY 13
BAINAMA
When she graduates college, Linda will owe $43,000 in student loans. The interest rate on the federal loans is 4.5% and the rate on the private bank loans is 2%. The total interest she owes for one year was $1,585. What is the amount of each loan?
Ariana Reply
Sean took the bus from Seattle to Boise, a distance of 506 miles. If the trip took 7 2/3 hours, what was the speed of the bus?
Kirisma Reply
66miles/hour
snigdha
How did you work it out?
Esther
s=mi/hr 2/3~0.67 s=506mi/7.67hr = ~66 mi/hr
Orlando
hello, I have algebra phobia. Subtracting negative numbers always seem to get me confused.
Alicia Reply
what do you need help in?
Felix
subtracting a negative....is adding!!
Heather
look at the numbers if they have different signs, it's like subtracting....but you keep the sign of the largest number...
Felix
for example.... -19 + 7.... different signs...subtract.... 12 keep the sign of the "largest" number 19 is bigger than 7.... 19 has the negative sign... Therefore, -12 is your answer...
Felix
—12
Niazmohammad
Thanks Felix.l also get confused with signs.
Esther
Thank you for this
Shatey
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Graham
think about it like you lost $19 (-19), then found $7(+7). Totally you lost just $12 (-12)
Annushka
I used to struggle a lot with negative numbers and math in general what I typically do is look at it in terms of money I have -$5 in my account I then take out 5 more dollars how much do I have in my account well-$10 ... I also for a long time would draw it out on a number line to visualize it
Meg
practicing with smaller numbers to understand then working with larger numbers helps too and the song/rhyme same sign add and keep opposite signs subtract keep the sign of the bigger # then you'll be exact
Meg
Bruce drives his car for his job. The equation R=0.575m+42 models the relation between the amount in dollars, R, that he is reimbursed and the number of miles, m, he drives in one day. Find the amount Bruce is reimbursed on a day when he drives 220 miles
John Reply
168.50=R
Heather
john is 5years older than wanjiru.the sum of their years is27years.what is the age of each
achol Reply
46
mustee
j 17 w 11
Joseph
john is 16. wanjiru is 11.
Felix
27-5=22 22÷2=11 11+5=16
Joyce
where's the answers?
Ed Reply
I don't see where the answers are.
Ed
Cindy and Richard leave their dorm in Charleston at the same time. Cindy rides her bicycle north at a speed of 18 miles per hour. Richard rides his bicycle south at a speed of 14 miles per hour. How long will it take them to be 96 miles apart?
Maddy Reply
3
Christopher
18t+14t=96 32t=96 32/96 3
Christopher
show that a^n-b^2n is divisible by a-b
Florence Reply
What does 3 times your weight right now
Cherokee Reply
Use algebra to combine 39×5 and the half sum of travel of 59+30
Cherokee
What is the segment of 13? Explain
Cherokee
my weight is 49. So 3 times is 147
Cherokee
kg to lbs you goin to convert 2.2 or one if the same unit your going to time your body weight by 3. example if my body weight is 210lb. what would be my weight if I was 3 times as much in kg. that's you do 210 x3 = 630lb. then 630 x 2.2= .... hope this helps
tyler
How to convert grams to pounds?
paul
What is the lcm of 340
Kendra Reply
Yes
Cherokee
How many numbers each equal to y must be taken to make 15xy
Malik Reply
15x
Martin
15x
Asamoah
15x
Hugo
1y
Tom
1y x 15y
Tom
find the equation whose roots are 1 and 2
Adda Reply
(x - 2)(x -1)=0 so equation is x^2-x+2=0
Ranu
I believe it's x^2-3x+2
NerdNamedGerg
because the X's multiply by the -2 and the -1 and than combine like terms
NerdNamedGerg
find the equation whose roots are -1 and 4
Adda
Ans = ×^2-3×+2
Gee
find the equation whose roots are -2 and -1
Adda
(×+1)(×-4) = x^2-3×-4
Gee
yeah
Asamoah
Quadratic equations involving factorization
Winner Reply
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Nana
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Nana
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Joan
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Nana
Hey you all there are several Free Apps that can really help you to better solve type Equations.
Debra
Debra, which apps specifically. ..?
Nana
am having a course in elementary algebra ,any recommendations ?
samuel
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Nana
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Ken
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Ken
ok great. Good to know.
Joan
5x + 1/3= 2x + 1/2
sanam
Plz solve this
sanam
5x - 3x = 1/2 - 1/3 2x = 1/6 x = 1/12
Ranu
Thks ranu
sanam
Please help me solve this 10x+14=-2x+38
Erica
the previous equation should be 3x = 1/6 x=1/18
Sriram
for the new one 10x + 2x = 38 - 14
Sriram
12x = 24 x=2
Sriram
10x + 14 = -2x +38 10x + 2x = 38 - 14 12x = 24 divide both sides by the coefficient of x, which is 12 therefore × = 2
vida
a trader gains 20 rupees loses 42 rupees and then gains ten rupees Express algebraically the result of his transactions
vinaya Reply
a trader gains 20 rupees loses 42 rupees and then gains 10 rupees Express algebraically the result of his three transactions
vinaya
a trader gains 20 rupees loses 42 rupees and then gains 10 rupees Express algebraically the result of his three transactions
vinaya
a trader gains 20 rupees loses 42 rupees and then gains 10 rupees Express algebraically the result of his three transactions
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