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Vocabulary for Polynomials, Monomials, Like Terms, Distributive Property

Monomial Has one term. It can be a number, letter, or product of letters and numbers
Polynomial Has many terms. They have special names such as binomials and trinomials
Binomial The prefix bi means two. These polynomials have two terms separated by a + or - sign. Examples: x +3 7m+2n 4xy^2-3x2y
Trinomial The prefix tri means three. These polynomials have three terms separate by a + or - sign Example: 8m3 + 4m2+2m
Descending Going from largest to smallest
Like terms Terms that contain the same numbers, variables, and exponents Example: 3a and 5a 3 and 5 3ab^2 and 5 ab^2
Variable A letter used in math to represent a number that can change
Exponent Tells you the number of times to multiply a number by itself Example: 3^2 which means 3x3



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