# How do you simplify #a + 2c - 5b - c + a - b #?

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Mar 17, 2016

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Aug 20, 2016

#### Explanation:

This is addition of algebraic terms.

In Algebra we may only add terms that are like (the same).

There are 6 terms - we can re-arrange them to have the like terms together. The terms are usually arranged in alphabetical order.

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We only add the numerical coefficients (the numbers in front of the terms) and keep the variables the same.

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Remember that if no number is written it means there is 1.