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Dissimilar terms

Definition of dissimilar terms

What are dissimilar terms? Definition of dissimilar terms in mathematics.

Dissimilar terms definition:

Dissimilar terms are monomials that differ in their literal parts.

Examples of dissimilar terms

Example 1.

Dissimilar terms example:

4x
38y

These two monomials differ in their literal parts. The coefficients (the 4 and 38) do not matter.

Example 2.

Dissimilar terms example:

62ab2
26ab3

These two monomials differ in the exponents of the variables.

Example 3.

Dissimilar terms example:

2ab2
-2ab

These two monomials differ in the exponents of the variables. The coefficients (the 2 and -2) do not matter.

Example 4.

Dissimilar terms example:

16
16a2

These two monomials differ in the variables.

See Examples of dissimilar terms in algebra.