Definition of Monomial

A Monomial is an algebraic expression containing only one term. For Example: 3xy2

More About Monomial

  • A monomial can be a constant number or a variable expression.
  • A monomial should not have negative and fractional exponents.
  • Example: a- 2 and a1/2(are not monomials.)
  • A monomial multiplied by a monomial is also a monomial.
  • A monomial multiplied by a constant is also a monomial.

Video Examples: Monomials

Examples of Monomial

  • 5, xy, 36x2y, a, 14b are the examples of monomial.
  • 8x - 1, 2x2 + 3x + 6 are not monomials.

Solved Example on Monomial

Ques: Which of the following expressions is a monomial?

    A. 9xy
    B. 3x2 + 7x + 2
    C. 7x + 3
    D. y- 2
    Correct Answer: A


    Step 1: A monomial is an algebraic expression with only one term.
    Step 2: Here, 3x2 + 7x + 2 is not a monomial as there are three terms in the expression. [3x2, 7x, and 3 are the three terms.]
    Step 3: 7x + 3 is not a monomial as there are two terms in the expression. [7x and 3 are the two terms.]
    Step 4: y- 2 is not a monomial as it is having a negative exponent.
    Step 5: But, 9xy is a monomial as it is having only one term in the expression. [9xy is the only one term.]
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