Glossary of Math Terms

Complete, exhaustive glossary of mathematical terminology with examples.

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Absolute Value

Absolute Value means how far a number is from zero – the distance from 0 to that number. Absolute Value is never a negative number. Think of the Absolute Value of all numbers as positive or 0.

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Basic Word Problems

Here are some example math word problems with step by step guidance to solving the math behind each word problem.

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Adding and Subtracting with Exponents

When adding and subtracting with exponents, the two scenarios to consider are 1) adding and subtracting with the bases are the same, and 2) adding and subtracting with different bases.

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Order of Operations

In math, we have to have a set way of solving problems, otherwise everyone could get different answers. “Order of Operations” is simply a list of steps to use when solving problems with multiple operations – adding, subtracting, multiplying, dividing.

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