Alissa Fong

MA, Stanford University
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Adding and Subtracting Polynomials - Problem 4

Alissa Fong
Alissa Fong

MA, Stanford University
Teaching in the San Francisco Bay Area

Alissa is currently a teacher in the San Francisco Bay Area and Brightstorm users love her clear, concise explanations of tough concepts

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It is easy to get confused when exponents are combined with polynomials. IN general, even if we're doing 2x-x, the x's don't "go away." Think of it as two apples take away one apple- there is one apple left. It's the same idea when we try to do 2x^2 - x: in fact, nothing can be combined or subtracted there because they're not "like terms." We can only combine terms if they have the same exponents on the same variable (or variables.)

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