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Details for problem "Combine like terms"

Quickname: 6275

Suitable for K-12 grades: Grade 5 Grade 6 Grade 7

Elementary School, Primary School, Junior High School, Middle School, High School.


Combine like terms in a sum term


Combine like terms in a sum term (Example for this math problem)


A term is made up of sums of multiples of powers of variables. Like terms are terms that contain the same variables with the same exponents with different or same coefficients.

Like terms have to be combined to get the least number of terms possible. An upper limit may be specified to the greatest possible exponent so that terms with no exponents beyond one can be presented as a problem.

This simplifying algebraic expressions problem will strengthen skills at combining like terms. It can be used for different grades 6 - 8 to practice the skill of combining like terms in groups, or independent activity. Here are some results that can be achieved by mastering these tasks.

  1. The addition and subtraction of integers are revised.
  2. Understanding of like terms by comparing variables and exponent is recalled.
  3. Learn to use the commutative property to move all like terms together.
  4. Practice adding the coefficients of like terms.
  5. Learn to tidy up an expression or equation and make it more workable.

Personalize these worksheets to achieve differentiated learning outcomes.

The answer key provides a simplified expression with unique terms.

Topics: Algebra

Tags: Addition Rules Subtraction Terms

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Customization options for this problem

Possible values
Number of problems
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Number of variables
2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Number of summands
4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Greatest exponent
1, 2, 3, 4

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