Two or more in an are like terms
if they have the same with the same .
In this expression, there are three sets of like terms, namely,
Note that all are like terms. Like terms in an expression can be combined— or —to rewrite the expression in a simplest form.
Combining Like Terms
To combine like terms
, first, rearrange the expression such that the like terms are grouped together.
Then, like terms can be combined by adding or subtracting the of the variables as well as adding or subtracting the constants.
This is the simplest form of the initial expression.