Once students have mastered the art of one- and two-step equations, the next logical progressions is three-step equations. Three-step equations take a variety of forms, the simplest being equations where you must combine like terms. This set of * free algebra worksheets* allows students to ease into some tougher equations by utilizing their ability to simplify expressions.

Each of the * like terms worksheets*, comes with an answer key and examples that will help students become experts at solving equations. As an Algebra teacher, I know how easily one little mistake can throw off a student’s solution, that’s why I’ve included plenty of space to show student work. Everyone is learning Algebra earlier and earlier these days, so feel free to utilize these worksheets in middle school or high school.

**Solving Equations with Like Terms** **1**– This 12 problem worksheet features relatively simple equations, where you will have to combine like terms, then use inverse operations to solve an equation. These problems include addition and the answers are all positive. This is a great place to start your conquest of Like Terms Equations like “6*x* + 10 + 2*x* = 42″.

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**Solving Equations with Like Terms** **2**– This 12 problem worksheet focuses on equations that have both addition and subtraction of like terms. Students will only deal with positive integers and positive answers as they solve equations like “8*x* + 10 – 4*x* = 18″.

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**Solving Equations with Like Terms** **3**– In this 12 problem worksheet you’ll have to remember not to combine your variables with your regular integers. You’ll also need to take care in adding or subtracting the correct terms. A typical equation on this worksheet looks like this “3*x* – 12 + 9*x* = 72″

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