Summary: Evaluating, Simplifying, and Translating Algebraic Expressions

Key Concepts

  • Combine like terms.
    1. Identify like terms.
    2. Rearrange the expression so like terms are together.
    3. Add the coefficients of the like terms



A term is a constant or the product of a constant and one or more variables.
The constant that multiplies the variable(s) in a term is called the coefficient.
like terms
Terms that are either constants or have the same variables with the same exponents are like terms.
To evaluate an algebraic expression means to find the value of the expression when the variable is replaced by a given number.