Definition of Monomial-- Explained with Examples and Non Examples

Definition of Monomial

Examples, Non Examples and common confusions

Definition of Monomial

A Polynomial with only 1 term.

Examples of Monomials Non Examples of Monomials
2x 2x +5
3 3+5x
12x2 14+2x+3y
xy x + y
2xy 2x + y
12xyz4 12xy + z4

Warning: the following examples are also not monomials, even though they 'look' like they have more then 1 term

  • 5x + x (this really is a monomial that is not simplified because we could rewrite the expression as 6x)
  • 12 + 2 (this really is a monomial that is not simplified because we could rewrite it as 14)

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