# SOLUTION: Can you please help me answer this question: if x is a variable and "a" is a constant (number) are (a)(x^2) and (a^2)(x^2)like terms? I think there are not because is used 3 for

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 Click here to see ALL problems on Polynomials-and-rational-expressions Question 290288: Can you please help me answer this question: if x is a variable and "a" is a constant (number) are (a)(x^2) and (a^2)(x^2)like terms? I think there are not because is used 3 for a and 4 for b and 3 x 4^2 is 48 where as 3^2 x 4^2 is 144, both equal different answers therefore they are not alike thank you so much for all your help!Found 2 solutions by jim_thompson5910, solver91311:Answer by jim_thompson5910(28476)   (Show Source): You can put this solution on YOUR website!Since the variable terms on and are identical, this means that and are like terms. Furthermore, this means that Answer by solver91311(16868)   (Show Source): You can put this solution on YOUR website! Well, what about and ? Aren't those two like terms? If is a constant, then is simply a different constant. Yes, and are most assuredly like terms. John