How do you simplify #2.4a^2b^2 + 3.2ab^2 - 1.3 a^2b^2#?

1 Answer
Jul 31, 2016

Answer:

Combine like terms.

Explanation:

Two terms in an equation are like terms If they share the same variable/variables. In this case, we have #2.4a^2b^2# and #-1.3a^2b^2#. Both have the variables #a^2b^2#, so we can combine them. Let's subtract the coefficients only so the variables don't confuse us: #2.4-1.3=1.1#. We can now add the variables back in: #1.1a^2b^2#. We now have our answer, #1.1a^2b^2+3.2ab^2#.