Math Definitions - Letter L

Like Terms

Definition of Like Terms

Like terms are terms in an algebraic expression containing the same variable, raised to the same power.

We often collect like terms when we are simplifying an algebraic expression.

For example, \(14y\) and \(-13 y\) are like terms because they both contain the same variable, \(y\), raised to the same power (\(1\)).

However, \(14y^2\) and \(-13y^3\) are not like terms because they contain different powers of \(y\).


The aim of this dictionary is to provide definitions to common mathematical terms. Students learn a new math skill every week at school, sometimes just before they start a new skill, if they want to look at what a specific term means, this is where this dictionary will become handy and a go-to guide for a student


Year 1 to Year 12 students

Learning Objectives

Learn common math terms starting with letter L

Author: Subject Coach
Added on: 6th Feb 2018

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