# How do you combine like terms in 8b + 7b - 3b - 7b?

Apr 3, 2017

Combine the positive terms and Combine the negative terms and find the algebraic sum of the terms

#### Explanation:

All the terms have the same variable b so that they can be combined.

$8 b + 7 b = 15 b$

$- 3 b - 7 b = - 10 b$

$+ 15 b - 10 b = + 5 b$