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algebraic expression

noun, Mathematics
a symbol or a combination of symbols used in algebra, containing one or more numbers, variables, and arithmetic operations:
how to solve algebraic expressions. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for algebraic expression
  • The number, variable, or algebraic expression under the radical sign is called the radicand.
  • Distinguish between an algebraic expression and an equation.
  • The second area of concern in mathematics was improving student knowledge of procedures to transform algebraic expression in math.
  • Identify an algebraic expression to represent the grade.
  • Have students write an algebraic expression for the pattern.
Contemporary definitions for algebraic expression

a mathematical phrase which can contain numbers, operators (add, subtract, multiply, divide), and at least one variable (like x, y) to represent operations


An example of an algebraic expression is x + 5 4n ÷ 6.

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