You are here:

Geometry/Terms and Expression


QUESTION: Hello sir

Sir what is the difference between terms and expression

ANSWER: Hi Aishwarya,

In algebra, a term is a group of things that are all multiplied.
An expression is a collection of terms, separated by plus signs.

For instance, in the expression 2x + 3xy - 1,
there are 3 terms: 2x, 3xy, and -1.

Note for semantics: it is possible for an expression to contain a single term.

Thanks for asking,

[an error occurred while processing this directive]---------- FOLLOW-UP ----------

QUESTION: Sir then monomial expression is term or expression

ANSWER: A monomial expression is an expression that consists of a single term.

---------- FOLLOW-UP ----------

QUESTION: Hello sir

Sir how monomial expression can be expression sir. It should be term when we go according to definition of term and expression

Expression is a word referring to "one or more terms".
A monomial is the case of one term.

It's like words and sentences.  Some sentences can consist of only one word (e.g "hello"), but you never have to ask if "hello" is a word or a sentence.  The context makes it clear, and you know that "hello" can be part of a longer sentence if need be.

Are you being quizzed on these definitions?  You seem to be very concerned about the semantics.



All Answers

Answers by Expert:

Ask Experts


Azeem Hussain


I welcome your questions on algebra, 2D and 3D geometry, parabolic functions and conic sections, and any other mathematical queries you may have.


4 years as a drop-in and by-appointment tutor at Champlain College. Private tutor for dozens of clients over the past 8 years.

CALPHAD: Computer Coupling of Phase Diagrams and Thermochemistry

Bachelor of Science, Major Mathematics and Major Economics, McGill University, 2014. Diploma of Collegiate Studies; Pure and Applied Science, Champlain College Saint-Lambert, 2010.

©2017 All rights reserved.

[an error occurred while processing this directive]