# ADD AND SUBTRACT POLYNOMIALS USING ALGEBRA TILES

Add and subtract polynomials using algebra tiles :

By learning this topic, we can easily add or subtract two polynomials without making mistakes. This is one the easiest method to add and subtract polynomials.

Example 1 :

Use algebra tiles to find (6x² + 3x - 2) - (4x² + 2x - 1)

To subtract the given two polynomials, we have to cross out the common terms.

Remaining number of tiles in x² = 2

number of tiles in x = 1

number of tiles in -1 = 1

(6x² + 3x - 2) - (4x² + 2x - 1) = 2x² + 1x + 1

We can subtract the given polynomials in another way also.

Step 1 :

=  (6x² + 3x - 2) - (4x² + 2x - 1)

=  6x² + 3x - 2 - 4x² - 2x + 1

Step 2 :

Combining the like terms, we get

=  6x² - 4x² + 3x - 2x - 2 + 1

=  2x² + x - 1

Example 2 :

Use algebra tiles to find (10x - 6) - (7x - 2)

To subtract the given two polynomials, we have to cross out the common terms.

By cross out the similar tiles in each category,

number of tiles remaining in x = 3

number of tiles in -1 = 4

(10x - 6) - (7x - 2)  =  3x - 4

We can subtract the given polynomials in another way also.

Step 1 :

=  (10x - 6) - (7x - 2)

=  10x - 6 - 7x + 2

Step 2 :

Combining the like terms, we get

=  10x - 7x - 6 + 2

=  3x - 4

Example 3 :

Use algebra tiles to find (-5- 6) - (-4- 4)

To subtract the given two polynomials, we have to cross out the common terms.

By cross out the similar tiles in each category,

number of tiles remaining in -x² = 1

number of tiles in -1 = 2

-1 - 2

We can subtract the given polynomials in another way also.

Step 1 :

=  (-5- 6) - (-4- 4)

=  -5- 6 + 4x²+ 4

Step 2 :

Combining the like terms, we get

=   -54x² - 6 + 4

=  -1 x² - 2

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