# How do you write the coefficient of the term -7pq?

Apr 19, 2016

It depends!

#### Explanation:

If both $p$ and $q$ are variables, then the coefficient is $- 7$

If $p$ is a constant and $q$ a variable then the coefficient of $q$ is $- 7 p$

If $q$ is a constant and $p$ a variable then the coefficient of $p$ is $- 7 q$

If both $p$ and $q$ are constants then we could say that the coefficient of the $0$th power of some variable ${x}^{0}$ (say) is $- 7 p q$, but we would usually simply describe $- 7 p q$ as a constant term.