# Similar Terms

## similar terms

[¦sim·ə·lər ¦tərms] (mathematics)

Terms that contain the same unknown factors and the same powers of these factors. Also known as like terms.

## Similar Terms

Similar terms of a polynomial are monomials in the polynomial that differ only in their coefficients or sign or are identical; for example, the similar terms in the polynomial *2a + 5a ^{3} b + 3ab^{2} - 3a^{3}b* are

*5a*and -

^{3}b*3a*Similar terms can be replaced by a single term equal to their algebraic sum (reduction of similar terms).

^{3}b.