# 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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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