HiSET: Math : Coefficients

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Example Question #1 : Coefficients

Identify the coefficients in the following formula:

Possible Answers:

All of these

Correct answer:

All of these


Generally speaking, in an equation a coefficient is a constant by which a variable is multiplied. For example,  and  are coefficients in the following equation:

In our equation, the following numbers are coefficients:

Example Question #2 : Coefficients

What is the coefficient of the second highest term in the expression: ?

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:


Step 1: Rearrange the terms from highest power to lowest power. 

We will get: .

Step 2: We count the second term from starting from the left since it is the second highest term in the rearranged expression.

Step 3: Isolate the term.

The second term is 

Step 4: Find the coefficient. The coefficient of a term is considered as the number before any variables. In this case, the coefficient is .

So, the answer is .

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