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Algebra Terms

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Algebraic Expressions

An expression that contains one or more terms and operations to combine them. Each term contains variable(s), constant(s), or a product of variables and constants.

Coefficient


Constant

A value that does not change. 

Dependent Variables

A variable in a function that changes due to the independent variable.

Equations

An expression that states the equation of two algebraic expressions.

Equivalent Equations

Two different pairs of equations that have the same solution(s).

Factoring

Breaking up an algebraic expression into two or more expressions that can be multiplied together to get the original expression.

Formulas

Determines the relationship between two or more variables.

Independent Variables

Variables in a function that assume values freely or independently.

Inequality

A relation between two unequal algebraic expressions using the symbols <, >, ≤, and ≥.

Like Terms

Two terms that have the same variables raised to the same exponent. Like terms may have different coefficients.

Parentheses


Quadruple

Four times a number.

Perimeter

The length of the boundary of a closed shape.

Rectangle

A parallelogram with all angles equal to 90°.

Solution

The value(s) of variable(s) that satisfy an equation or inequality.

Square

A parallelogram with all angles equal to 90° and all sides equal in length.

Trapezoid

A four-sided closed shape with straight lines and only one pair of opposite sides equal in length.

Triangle

A three-sided closed shape with straight lines.

Variable

A value that changes. Variables are commonly represented by the letters x, y or z.

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