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June 1st, 2009, 01:21 PM   #1
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What exactly makes a single term?

What are all the ways that you can have a single term? Can someone define term for me? Because when I think term I think they are talking about a single number but that's not right.
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Re: What exactly makes a single term?

Nothing is added to or subtracted from it:

2, 2x, 3x^4y^7 are single term expressions.

The expression 2 + 2x has two terms. 2 is the first, and 2x is the second.
2 + 2x - 3x^4y^7 has three terms. The third is -3x^4y^7

Although 2x + 2x is an expression with two terms, they can be combined to form an expression with one term. And so you might talk about "distinct" terms in an expression.

For your prior question: a + a/b is an expression with two terms. Each term in an expression is added or subtracted from the rest. In this case, "a" is the first term, and "a/b" is the second. Each is a single term in the expression. If all you have is a/b. then it is the only term, the single term in the expression.
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Can someone define term for me?
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June 4th, 2009, 03:59 AM   #4
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Re: What exactly makes a single term?

A term is either a single number or variable.
e.g. x, 2x, xy, (10xy4)/3

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A term is either a single number or variable.
e.g. x, 2x, xy, (10xy4)/3
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