What is 5a^2 + a^2?

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What is 5a^2 + a^2?

Combining Like Terms:

In mathematics, if two terms contain the same variables raised to the same powers, then we call them like terms. We can combine like terms with addition and subtraction by performing the indicated operation on the coefficients of the terms and leaving the variable part of the terms as they are.

Answer and Explanation:

The expression 5a2 + a2 is equal to 6a2. Notice that the expression 5a2 + a2 is a sum of the terms 5a2 and a2. Also notice that these two terms have...

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