## Algebra## Algebra Explained |

## What are variables in algebraic equations? |

Variables are the symbols (usually a letter such as *x* or *y*) used in algebraic equations that represent an unknown number—and on whose value a function, polynomial, and so on, depends. Variables remain unknown until the equation is solved; thus, they are sometimes referred to as *unknowns* in an algebraic equation.

It is not always easy to work with variables, as there are so many letters used throughout various equations. But in many mathematical and scientific texts, there are some variables that are customary to use. They are listed as follows:

*n* indicates natural numbers or integers

*x* represents real numbers

*z* stands for complex numbers.