Math Definitions - Letter P


Definition of Problem

A problem is something that needs to be solved.

Maths textbooks sometimes call questions that need to be solved on paper, rather than in your head, problems.

Some problems use words such as "If Alice bought 3 apples for 10 cents each and 5 pears for 15 cents each, how much did she spend?"

Other problems use equations. A problem like this might ask you to solve \(x + 7 = 15\).


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 P

Author: Subject Coach
Added on: 6th Feb 2018

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