Term (mathematics) facts for kids
A term is a mathematical expression.
- 3 + 4x + 5yzw
3, 4x, and 5yzw are three separate terms.
- 3x + 2x2 + 5x + 1 = 2x2 + (3+5)x + 1 = 2x2 + 8x + 1, with like terms collected.
In general mathematical use, however, term is not limited to additive expressions. Individual factors in an expression representing a product are multiplicative terms. Indeed, individual elements of any mathematical expression may be referred to as "terms".
In logic, a term is a collection of symbols used to represent a mathematical object (rather than a mathematical statement). A basic term is either a constant or a variable, while more complex terms can also be built using operators (such as the term ). To refer to a term, variables such as and are often used.
Specific names for terms
- Subtrahend and minuend the first and second terms, respectively, in subtraction
- Like and unlike terms
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