Posted by **Jane** on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 6:48pm.

Vocabulary: What are the parts that make up a polynomial?

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**MathMate**, Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 7:34pm
A polynomial is made up of the sum of one or more terms. Each term consists of a coefficient, which is a known positive or negative number or constant, multiplied by a number of variables, each raised to a non-negative integral power.

-2x^sup2;yz is a term (and a polynomial)

while

42y^{1/2} is not a term of a polynomial, because the power (1/2) is not an integer.

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**MathMate**, Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 7:35pm
-2x²yz is a term (and a polynomial)

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