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Define literal coefficient

What is a literal coefficient in math? What is a literal coefficient of an expression?

Definition of literal coefficients

Definition of a literal coefficient

A literal coefficient is a variable (or the product of variables) in a term.

Here are some examples of the literal coefficients.

Examples of literal coefficient

Example of a literal coefficient

76a

In the algebraic expression (a) is a variable. The (a) is a literal coefficient. 76 is a numerical coefficient.

Example of a literal coefficient

56ab

In the algebraic expression the (ab) is a literal coefficient. This literal coefficient has two factors.

Example of a literal coefficient

61a14

In the algebraic expression the a14 is a literal coefficient.

Example of a literal coefficient

6a7b6c5

In the algebraic expression the a7b6c5 is a literal coefficient.

Example of a literal coefficient

What is the literal coefficient of the algebraic expression

-a

Solution:

-a = (-1) * a

The (a) is the literal coefficient of the expression.