# How do you simplify 3a + 5a +5p?

Apr 18, 2018

8a+5p

#### Explanation:

Without = this is your solution. Add the values of a. (If it was 8a+6p, you would then find a common factor of 2 in both and simplify from there. That would look like: 2 (4a+3p). That may help you on a future algebra problem...good luck!

Apr 18, 2018

$8 a + 5 p$

#### Explanation:

To simplify this, we have to combine like terms. First, let's color code the like terms:
$\quad \quad \textcolor{red}{3 a \quad + \quad 5 a} \quad + \quad \textcolor{b l u e}{5 p}$

As you can see, $\textcolor{red}{3 a}$ and $\textcolor{red}{5 a}$ are like terms, so we can add them together:
$\quad \quad 8 a$

Now, we still have $5 p$ left, because that is not a like term. So we just leave that alone and our final answer is:
$\quad \quad 8 a + 5 p$

Hope this helps!