How to Multiply Letters in Algebra
Multiplying Letters in Algebra
Letters can be multiplied with numbers, other letters and the same letter.

A letter can be multiplied with a number.
Write the number in front of the letter.

A letter can be multiplied with a different letter.
Write the letters next to each other.

A letter can be multiplied with the same letter.
When you multiply a letter with itself, use exponent notation. A letter is multiplied by itself is squared. A small 2 is written above and to the right of the letter to indicate it is mutlipled by itself 2 times.
Multiplying Letters to Make Terms
A term is a collection of letters and numbers multiplied together.
In the examples above, the letter a has been multiplied with a number, the letter b and itself to make terms.
These multiplications can all be combined to make a more complicated term:
We just write the letters and numbers next to each other. If a letter is multiplied by itself, write an exponent by that letter to show how many times the letter has been multiplied by itself.
Terms can then be multiplied together.