# Term Definition

In Algebra, a polynomial is formed by combining four basic components. These are named Variable, Coefficient, Constant, and Term. In this section, we are going to tell you what is a term in an expression.

**Note:**

Read about **Variables, **Constant, and Coefficients here

A term is a single unit of any expression in Algebra. An expression consists of at least one term but can also be made by combining multiple terms. It can either be a **number, variable,**, or multiplication of a number with a variable.

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**Note:**

You can read about Expression here.

In simple words, you can say that the part of an expression on which **mathematical operations** are implemented is called a term.

## Parts of a Term

As mentioned above, a Term can be made by combining a variable with a constant in multiplication. The parts of a term are called “Factors” in general.

**For example:**

5xy is a term while 5, x, and y are called factors of this particular term.

### Types of Terms

In Algebra, there are two main types of terms named “**Like Terms**” and “**Unlike Terms**”. Let us show you an overview of these terms here.

• The terms with the **same base** and **power** are called Like Terms. Such terms can be combined using the concerned mathematical operation like Addition, Subtraction, etc.

**Note:**

Read about **Like Terms **here in detail

**For example:**

5x and 6x are like terms because they have the same base as well as power.

• The terms that have **different bases **and** powers.** The only operation that can be implemented on these terms is “Multiplication”. We can neither Add nor Subtract such terms.

**Note:**

Read about **Unlike Terms **here.

**For example:**

5x and 6y are unlike terms because they have different bases.

An expression is also called a ** Polynomial** in Algebra. There are three main types of polynomials depending on the number of terms. Here we are going to show you all of those.

**• Monomial**:

A polynomial that consists of only one term.

**For example:**

3x, 5y, and 7z are monomials because they have a single term.

**• Binomial: **

A polynomial that consists of two terms in an expression.

**For example:**

3x + 5y, and 7y – 4z, are binomials because they have two terms in a single expression.

**• Trinomial: **

A polynomial that has three terms in its expression.

**For example:**

3x + 4y – 9z is a trinomial as it has three terms.

### FAQ's

**How a term is formed?**

A term can be formed by combining variables, constants, and coefficients using basic Mathematical operations.

**What are the basic types of polynomials?**

A polynomial has three basic types that are called:

• Monomial

• Binomial

• Trinomial

**What are the basic types of terms?**

There are two types of Terms in Mathematics.

• Like Terms

• Unlike Terms