# How do you identify the variables, coefficients, and constants in the algebraic expression -6x - xy + 60?

Aug 28, 2017

See an explanation below:

#### Explanation:

Constants are numbers by themselves. The constant in this expression is: $60$

Variables are letters or symbols (not numbers) in an algebraic expression. The variables in the expression are: $x$ and $y$.

Coefficients are number paired with variables. The variables in this expression are: $- 6$ and $- 1$

$- 1$ is a coefficient even though it is not shown. The $1$ is implied in the term: $x y$ which can also be written: $1 x y$