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Like and Unlike Term:

1. Like Term:

  • Terms which have the same algebraic factors are like terms.

  • For example, in the expression 2xy – 3x + 5xy – 4, look at the terms 2xy and 5xy. The factors of 2xy are 2, x, and y. The factors of 5xy are 5, x, and y. Thus their algebraic (i.e., those which contain variables) factors are the same and hence they are like terms.

2. Unlike Term:

  • When terms have different algebraic factors, they are unlike terms.

  • For example, in the expression 2xy – 3x + 5xy – 4, The terms 2xy and –3x, have different algebraic factors. They are unlike terms.
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