- Term (mathematics)
The word

**term**is from theLatin "terminus" "boundary line, limit", from the Indo-European root "ter-" "peg, post, boundary".In

elementary mathematics , a "term" is either a single number or variable, or the product of several numbers and/or variables separated from another term by a + or - sign in an overall expression. For example, in:3 + 4"x" + 5"yzw"

3, 4"x", and 5"yzw" are all terms.

In the context of

polynomial s, sometimes "term" is used of amonomial with acoefficient : to 'collect like terms' in a polynomial is the basicoperation of making it alinear combination ofdistinct monomials.A series is often represented as the sum of a

sequence of terms.Terms in first order logic are more general.

**imilar phrases**Where the word term is used for summation, other mathematical constructs have similar terminology.

; multiplication:

Factor . In a multiplication of two factors, the first is called the multiplicand and the second is called the multiplier.; divisions and fractions: The top of a division is called thenumerator (or dividend), and the bottom is called thedenominator (ordivisor ).**References***cite book | first=Steven | last=Schwartzman | title=The words of mathematics: An etymological dictionary of mathematical terms used in English | pages=219 | publisher=The Mathematical Association of America | year=1994 | id=ISBN 0-88385-511-9

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