# Coefficient

Pronunciation: /ˌkoʊ.əˈfɪ.ʃənt/ Explain

 Figure 1: Coefficients

A coefficient is a number multiplied by one or more variables.[1] In the term 3x, the coefficient is 3. In figure 1, the coefficients are red. The coefficients in figure 1 are (3, 2, -4, -1). A variable without a coefficient has an implied coefficient of 1 (x3 = 1·x3). In the expression x2 + 5, the term containing x2 has an implied coefficient of 1. Applying the property of multiplying by 1 to the term gives x2 = 1·x2.

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