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HOW MANY TERMS DO YOU HAVE? B E RACKETS LIKE TERMS XPONENTS Do what is inside brackets first Remember numerators and denominators are considered to be in brackets D M IVIDE ULTIPY For one term if there are an odd # of (-) Then your answer is NEGATIVE For one term if there are an even # of (-) Then your answer is POSITIVE AS DD UBTRACT Get rid of all double signs + + becomes + - - becomes + - + becomes + - becomes – Think of a number line – means you move Left + means you move Right or Think of money + means you have the money - means you owe that money Think of Star Wars + are the number of rebel - are the number of evil empirialists Have exactly the same variables with exactly the same exponents. YOU CAN ONLY ADD OR SUBTRACT LIKE TERMS Coefficient is the number in front of the variable. Constant is a number all by itself If there is a + in front of a bracket (or nothing) then simply remove the brackets and ADD or SUBTRACT LIKE TERMS If there is a - in front of a bracket then put the – sign in front of each term. Get rid of the brackets then get rid of the double signs. You should notice that all the signs inside the original bracket have changed. ADD or SUBTRACT LIKE TERMS