Math Definitions - Letter A


Definition of Algorithm

Definition of Algorithm


Definition of Algorithm | SubjectCoach

An algorithm is a sequence of steps you perform to complete a task like solving a problem or baking a cake.

A recipe is an example of an algorithm.

Some other examples of algorithms are the steps involved in long division, computer programs and the instructions for building a model.

Let's work through the steps of one algorithm for adding three digit numbers (without borrowing or trading):

The algorithm is as follows:

  1. add the units
  2. add the tens
  3. add the hundreds
  4. combine the three digits from steps 1-3 to give the answer.

Let's use it to add \(123\) and \(245\):

  1. add \(3\) and \(5\) to give \(8\)
  2. add \(20\) and \(40\) to give \(60\)
  3. add \(100\) and \(200\) to give \(300\)
  4. combining these three numbers together gives the answer of \(368\).


The aim of this dictionary is to provide definitions to common mathematical terms. Students learn a new math skill every week at school, sometimes just before they start a new skill, if they want to look at what a specific term means, this is where this dictionary will become handy and a go-to guide for a student.




Year 1 to Year 12 students

Learning Objectives

Learn common math terms starting with letter A

Author: Subject Coach
Added on: 4th Dec 2017

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