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    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:

    (x + 2)(x + 5)

    Could (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,
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    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
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    Quote Originally Posted by absvalue View Post
    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:

    (x + 2)(x + 5)

    Could (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 x+2, you have two "terms": x and 2.

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