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# What is the difference between a coefﬁcient and a subscript?

A coefficient is the number being multiplied by the variable, and the subscript is used to identify different variables.

Coefficient example: Let's say we have the equation 3x+2y=? x and y are variables, and the numbers in front of them are their coefficients. So the coefficient on the x variable is 3 and the coefficient on y is 2.

The coefficient means that when you get a value for either x or y and plug them into the equation, you will multiply it by it's corresponding coefficient.

So let's say we are given x=1 and y=2 If we plug this into the equation, we will have (3 x 1) + (2 x 2) = 7

Subscript example: Let's use the same equation as above 3x+2y=10

Instead of using x and y, we can change the variables to be anything we want, like A and B for example. Or perhaps we can change x to x_1 and change y to x_2. The one and two are subscripts attached to the variable, giving it its own identity.