# Term (mathematics)

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

## Definition

In an equation, the terms are all the numbers/variables (like ${\displaystyle 2}$ or ${\displaystyle n}$) and all the operators (like ${\displaystyle +}$ or ${\displaystyle \times }$). Terms can be grouped in brackets (often parentheses) in an overall expression. For example, in

${\displaystyle 3+4x+5y}$

3, ${\displaystyle +}$, 4, ${\displaystyle x}$, ${\displaystyle +}$, 5 and ${\displaystyle y}$ are seven separate terms.

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

## References

### Sources

• 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.