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Algebra Vocabulary

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)
Created by: chash