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What is a coefficient?

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April 17, 2012 5:11AM

A coefficient is a number in front of a variable (i.e.

multiplied by it).

For example, in the expression x2 - 10x + 25, the

coefficient of x2 is 1 and the coefficient of x is -10. The

third term, 25, is a constant.

If the expression were -x2 + 10x + 25, the coefficient of

x2 would be -1, and the coefficient of x would be

10.


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