Okay, I have been studying some of my weak points in simplifying expressions and exponents and need a confirmation to see if I understand this correctly. I haven't read this anywhere yet specifically, but have been confused over it until yesterday. So, here's my idea of things so far:
If I have something like x + x, (x plus x), I think it would simplify to 2x, but if I have something like x*x, (x times x) it would simplify as x^2, or x squared. Is this correct? Adding like terms creates multiplication while multiplying like terms creates an exponent? If this is the case, would it also work for a larger number of terms? Such as x+x+x equaling 3x and x*x*x equaling x^3 (x cubed). Also, is there anything else to watch out for with these situations? Thanks sent in advance!