# Coefficient meaning

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The definition of a coefficient is a number or symbol that helps to provide a mathematical result.

An example of coefficient is 6 in the following algebra equation, 6x - 2.

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A number or algebraic symbol prefixed as a multiplier to a variable or unknown quantity (Ex.: x in x(y+z), 6 in 6ab)
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A number or symbol multiplied with a variable or an unknown quantity in an algebraic term, as 4 in the term 4 x, or x in the term x ( a + b ).
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A numerical measure of a physical or chemical property that is constant for a system under specified conditions, such as the coefficient of friction.
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A factor that contributes to produce a result.
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A number, constant for a given substance, used as a multiplier in measuring the change in some property of the substance under given conditions.

The coefficient of expansion.

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A number or symbol multiplied with a variable or an unknown quantity in an algebraic term. For example, 4 is the coefficient in the term 4 x , and x is the coefficient in x ( a + b ).
A numerical measure of a physical or chemical property that is constant for a system under specified conditions. The speed of light in a vacuum, for example, is a constant.
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(mathematics) A constant by which an algebraic term is multiplied.
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A number, value or item that serves as a measure of some property or characteristic.
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### Origin of coefficient

• From French coefficient, coined by French mathematician François Viète.