More Algebra


3p4 is a short way of writing 3 × p × p × p × p

the 3 is called the coefficient , the p is called the base orvariable and the 4 is called the index, power or exponent.

indices (plural of index) obey certain rules when they are being multiplied and divided.

Key Skills

  • write expressions in index form
  • know the rules of indices for multiplying and dividing.
  • simplify algebraic expressions involving indices.


indicesindexcoefficientbasevariablepower, exponent.