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Expressions and like terms

Posted on 2012-03-11
Last Modified: 2012-03-13
Which expression is the same as 9n+ 3 after combining like terms? :
1. 10n^2 - n^2 - 3
2. 3n +7 - 4 + 3n
3. 18 - 15 + 4n + 5n
4. 7n^2 + 2n + 6 - 3
                                       Please help!
Question by:naseeam
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do you see like terms in any of those expressions?
can you combine anything in any of those expressions?

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7n^2 + 2n + 6 - 3 doesn't have any like terms
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If 7n^2 + 2n + 6 - 3 doesn't have any like terms, it would make it hard to make it the same as  9n+ 3
Another way to tell if they are different would be if you can find any values of n for which the expressions evaluate differently.

(but can you combine anything in  + 6 - 3 ?)
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Wouldn't combining "like terms" be similar to?
2y + 5y = 7y
or 8 - 5 = 3
or x^2 * x^3 = x^5
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Expert Comment

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I might call the last combining like factors rather than combining like terms, but yes.

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I agree with your terminology, which is why I put "like terms" in quotes just to match the way the question was worded.

So what was your final answer?

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