Term (mathematics)

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A term is an operand or an operator in a mathematical expression.

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In an equation, the terms are all the numbers/variables (like or ) and all the operators (like or ). Terms can be grouped in brackets (often parentheses) in an overall expression. For example, in

3, , 4, , , 5 and are seven separate terms.

A series is often represented as a sequence of terms (often a sum).

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  • Schwartzman, Steven (1994). The words of mathematics: An etymological dictionary of mathematical terms used in English. The Mathematical Association of America. pp. 219. ISBN 0-88385-511-9.