Posted by **Leland** on Tuesday, August 24, 2010 at 9:01pm.

Rewrite this without the coefficient.

Example: 3m = m+m+m

However, I cannot seem to figure out what to do with this problem:

-5m^3n^2

I can't figure out how to rewrite so the -5 is gone and without changing the exponents!

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**drwls**, Tuesday, August 24, 2010 at 10:08pm
One possiblity would be

-[m^3n^2 + m^3n^2 + m^3n^2 + m^3n^2 + m^3n^2]

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**Leland**, Tuesday, August 24, 2010 at 10:12pm
The - in front is like a -1 so that would still leave a coefficient...

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**Leland**, Tuesday, August 24, 2010 at 10:16pm
Unless it was (-m^3n^2 + -m^3n^2 + -m^3n^2 + -m^3n^2 + -m^3n^2) then that would have eliminated the -1 in front! I knew it was easy I just couldn't get my brain to wrap around it!

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