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# latus chord:

A segment whose endpoints are on a parabola. which passes through the focus, and is parallel to the directrix.

The coefficient of the term of a polynomial with the highest degree.

# like terms:

Terms that contain identical vari- ables with identical exponents.

# linear combination:

An equation that is formed by adding multiples of two equations together.

# linear equation in two variables:

An equation of the form y = mx + b.

# linear function:

A function is a linear function if and only if its domain is the set of all real numbers and its equation can be written in the form y = mx + b.

# linear polynomial:

A polynomial of degree 1.

# linear programming:

A branch of mathematics based on the maximum-minimum property.

# linear term of a quadratic equation:

The term bx in an equation of the form y = ax^2+ bx + c.

# literal equation:

An equation in which con- stants are represented by letters.

# logarithmic equation:

An equation involving logarithms of expressions containing variables.

# logarithmic function:

For all positive real numbers x and b, b ¹ 1, there is a real number v such that v = logbx if and only if x = b^x

# lowest terms (simplest form):

A fraction is expressed in lowest terms when its numerator and denominator have no common factors other than 1 or - 1.

Note: The terms in this collection may not be entirely accurate.
They are for reference only.