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# Algebra Vocabulary

Term | Definition |
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algebraic expression | a group of symbols, such as numbers, operations signs, variables, and grouping symbols, that represent a number |

equivalent | equal in value, but in a different form |

evaluate | to calculate; to determine the value of |

constant | a value that remains the same, such as 3 in the expression 3 + x |

equation | a mathematical sentence that states the equality of two expressions |

variable | a symbol that represents a quantity |

distributive property | a property stating that the sum of two numbers multiplied by the third number is equal to the sum of the products of each number and the third number ex: a(b+c) = ab + ac |

inequality | a number sentence stating that two quantities are not equal. Relation symbols for inequalities include < (is less than), > (is greater than), and ≠ (is not equal to). |

exponent | how many times a number will be used a factor in the multiplication sentence |

base | the number or variable being multiplied |

coefficient | a number in front of a variable, such as 3 in the expression 3x + 2 |

inverse operation | an operation that undoes the results of another operation (opposite) |

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