The like terms having the same literal coefficients. The like terms may differ only in their numeral coefficients.

**For example:**

(i) xy, 7xy, -2xy are like terms

[Each having same literal coefficient xy]

[Each having same literal coefficient x

(iii) 0.6a, 1.8a, -11a, a are like terms

[Each having same literal coefficient a]

(iv)2x,5x,4.5x,0.25x are like terms

[Each having same literal coefficient x]

(v) 18x

[Each having same literal coefficient x

Now look at the terms of the following polynomials:

(i) 7ab

We observe that the two terms(7ab

(ii) 15x

We observe that the three terms(5x

(iii) 4x

The four terms of the polynomials have same variables (xyz) raised to the same power (3). Only the numerical coefficients are different. So, the polynomials is made up of four like terms.

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