# BASIC ALGEBRA GLOSSARY

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Factor (Noun) The noun Factor is a value that is multiplied with another Factor (or factors) to result in a product.
That product of two or more factors is the result of the operation of multiplication.
Factor (Verb) The verb Factor is the act of dividing some entity into components or pieces that, when multiplied together, produce the given entity.
We "break apart" some real value or quantity into its multiplicative factors when we Factor.
Factor Tree A Factor Tree is a written mechanism to see the factors or prime factors of some value (usually an integer, but not necessarily).
Factorial A Factorial results from the multiplication of successive positive integers.
The term Factorial is either a function or a number, depending on its specific use.
Fibonacci Numbers This set of numbers itself grows without bound, but the ratio of successive terms in the series converges to the golden ratio.
First Order Polynomial This type of equation has no variables raised to integer powers greater than one.
Fixed Fixed terms or values are constant, never changing value.
Foil (Fiol) A mnemonic for remembering "first-outside-inside-last" for multiplication of two binomials.
It is equivalent the FIOL, as we take the sum of products.
Formula A recipe or algorithm for calculation, evaluation, simplification, or just about anything we do in mathematics can be called a Formula.
Fraction Fractions are many, many things.
But always, without fail, fractions are the result of dividing the top value (numerator) by the bottom value (denominator).
Fractional Exponents Real values can be raised to powers that are integers or fractions.
Fractional Exponents can be thought of as having a denominator that is the root of the value being raised to the power, with a numerator akin to an integer power.
Function Function takes on several meanings in the language of mathematics.
A typical connotation is a relation between variables where for any input (an independent variable or element from the domain) we have a unique output (element in the range, or dependent variable result).

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