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A problem on terminology

  1. Nov 4, 2004 #1
    English's not the native language in my country; however (strangely), currently I'm learning Math in the language. And now I'm encountered with a kind of "language" problem here: I can't see the difference between the defination " term" and " monomials". Do they mean the same thing, but only have different emphasis? If so, which of them is used more often? Thank you if you could give me some ideas about this!
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  3. Nov 4, 2004 #2
    Polynomials are made up of terms. These all have exponents of 0, 1, 2, ...

    A monomial is a polynomial with one term:

    A binomial is a polynomial with two terms:

  4. Nov 5, 2004 #3


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    As far as I know, the values you sum over in a summation are called 'terms':
    e.g.: a+b+c+d
    a,b,c and d are called terms.
    Just like for a product: abcd
    the values are called 'factors'

    English is not my native language either though...
  5. Nov 5, 2004 #4
    Could you maybe give a sentence from your book for each word so we can see the context?
  6. Nov 6, 2004 #5
    "Terms are separated by + or - "

    "Monomial is a product of two or some factors, each of them is either a number, or a letter, or a power of a letter. A single number or a single letter may be also considered as a monomial."(defination from www.bymath.com)
    But terms can be the same. (?) Sorry but I'm still a little confused.
    Last edited: Nov 6, 2004
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