# How do you translate 7x − y^2 into words?

Jan 7, 2016

seven times x minus y squared.

#### Explanation:

in any algebraic expression the value in front of the variable , called the coefficient , multiplies the variable. So here 7 is multiplying x.

When a number is being multiplied by itself say $2 \times 2$

We say the number is being 'squared' and write it ${2}^{2}$

The same applies to variables and so $y \times y = {y}^{2}$

Usually just ' seven x minus y squared'