Term (mathematics)

mathematical expression that may form a separable part of an equation, a series, or another expression; used in in mathematical logic, universal algebra, and rewriting systems

A term is an operand or an operator in a mathematical expression.


In an equation, the terms are all the numbers/variables (like   or  ) and all the operators (like   or  ). Terms can be grouped in brackets (often parentheses) in an overall expression. For example, in


3,  , 4,  ,  , 5 and   are seven separate terms.

A series is often represented as a sequence of terms (often a sum).

Related pagesEdit



  • Schwartzman, Steven (1994). The words of mathematics: An etymological dictionary of mathematical terms used in English. The Mathematical Association of America. pp. 219. ISBN 0-88385-511-9.