# Thread: mathematical terms - sorry if this is in the wrong forum

1. ## mathematical terms - sorry if this is in the wrong forum

Hi,

I apologize if this is posted in the incorrect forum. I couldn't quite find one that seemed appropriate.

I have a question about terms in mathematics:

Given the expression:

$\displaystyle (x + 2)(x + 5)$

Could $\displaystyle (x + 2)$ be called a "term" in the expression? Or could it be called a factor of the expression? I guess I'm looking for what to call it.

I've done some google searches, but couldn't find anything.

Thanks,

2. I dont think we can call it a term because a term is broken up by addition or subtraction signs. The x and 2 in (x+2) are called variable and monomial, respectivly. Other than that I dont know what to call it. I did find this site, though, that is like an algebraic dictionary:Algebra Homework Help : Algebraic Terms & Definitions

3. Originally Posted by absvalue
Hi,

I apologize if this is posted in the incorrect forum. I couldn't quite find one that seemed appropriate.

I have a question about terms in mathematics:

Given the expression:

$\displaystyle (x + 2)(x + 5)$

Could $\displaystyle (x + 2)$ be called a "term" in the expression? Or could it be called a factor of the expression? I guess I'm looking for what to call it.

I've done some google searches, but couldn't find anything.

Thanks,
It would be a "factor".

However, in that factor $\displaystyle x+2$, you have two "terms": $\displaystyle x$ and $\displaystyle 2$.

Now, if it were $\displaystyle 3(x + 2)$, the $\displaystyle 3$ would then be a "coefficient", which can be loosely understood to be a "constant factor".