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Algebraic Expression - Definition and Examples

An algebraic expression is a mathematical phrase that can include numbers, operations symbols, and most importantly variables. 

Because variables are important elements, algebraic expressions are sometimes called variables expressions.

Examples of mathematical phrases and algebraic expressions
Mathematical phrase Algebraic expression
Six more than a number x + 6
The difference of twelve and a number 12 - x
The product of a number and negative 4 x(-4)
A number divided by another number x/y
Twice a number plus three 2x + 3
Two subtracted from a number x - 2




An algebraic expression does not have an equal (=) sign

For example, x + 8 - y = 12 is not an algebraic expression.



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