Are #x^2y^3,x^3y^2# like terms?

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Nov 26, 2016

Answer:

They are not like terms.

Explanation:

No, they are unlike terms. Although they both have #x and y# variables, there are different numbers of #x and y#

#x^2y^3 = x xx x" "yxxyxxy#
#x^3y^2= x xx x xx x xxy xx y#

You could add #" "4x^2y^3 +7x^2y^3 = 11x^2y^3#

But not #3x^2y^3 + 5x^3y^2#

You can only add or subtract like terms and you end up with the same term,