Like Terms are the basic building block to learning algebra.  Just as sentences have words in algebra we have “terms”.  A term in algebra is nothing more than a combination of a variable and number.  Examples would include 7x,  16y,  43k.  However in algebra we are always looking to collect and combine terms that like each other – we call these terms “like terms” .  As stated in the notes below if two or more terms have the exact same variable(s) to the exact same power they are “like” meaning we can add them.  Remember in algebra we want to simplify expressions as much as possible and combining like terms is a key skill to learn and understand.


some key topics that involve like terms:

* variables
* real numbers
* equations
* distributive property