# What is the meaning of the algebra term cofficient?

In the equation 2x = 6 the coefficent of x is 2

### What is the meaning to algebra?

Algebra comes from the Arabic "al-jabr" meaning "restoration". Algebra differs from arithmetic through the use of non-number symbols, such as x, y, and z. The "restoration" referred is the combination of Indian, Babylonian, and Greek classical methodology that were lost to civilization during the European Dark Ages.

### Who originated algebra?

The word algebra originated from the title of the book ilm al-jabr w'almuqabala, a book written during the ninth century the an Arabian mathematician named al-Khworizimi. The original title was translated as the science of restoration and reduction, basically meaning transposing and combining similar terms of equations. Translated in Latin to al-jabr (the union of broken parts) led to the term we now refer to as Algebra. Algebra was brought from ancient Babylon, Egypt and…