# How do you simplify # (x^2 + 2x + 3) + (x^2 - 5)#?

##### 1 Answer

May 3, 2018

#### Explanation:

To simplify this expression, we need to **combine like terms**, or the terms that share a common variable or lack thereof in the case of

**Note that the exponent of the variable must match as well as the variable itself in order to be considered a like term.**