# How do you simplify #x+ (x+2)#?

##### 2 Answers

#### Explanation:

It is important to combine the like terms in expressions such as this

Like terms have the same variable raised to the same power, such as

You can combine the like terms (or "add") them to each other. In this case, we have two

You can combine the two

Our answer is:

#### Explanation:

There is an extremely important reason why I do what I am about to do. It helps understanding!

Write as:

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This is the same as:

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Multiply everything inside the brackets by (+1) giving:

So we have 2 of

Suppose the question had been different and we had instead

Write as

Multiply everything inside the bracket by