Standard Form

Definition

What is “Standard Form”?

It depends on what you are dealing with!

Note:

Standard Form is not the “correct form“, just a handy agreed-upon style. You may find some other form to be more useful.

Standard Form of a Decimal Number

In Britain, this is another name for Scientific Notation, where you write down a number this way:

4321 = 4.321 × 103

In this example, 4321 is written as 4.321 × 103,

because 4321 = 4.321 × 1000 = 5.3266 × 103

In other countries it means “not in expanded form“:

Standard FormExpanded Form
43214000+300+20+1

Standard Form of an Equation

The Standard Form of an equation is:

(some expression) = 0

In other words, “= 0” is on the right, and everything else is on the left.

Example

Put x2 = -4 into Standard Form

Answer:

x2 + 4 = 0

Standard Form of a Polynomial

The Standard Form of polynomial is to put the terms with the highest degree first (like the “2” in x2 if there is one variable).

Example

Put 5 + 3x2 − 2x + 4x3 + x4 in Standard Form:

The highest degree is 4, so that goes first, then 3, 2 and then the constant last:

x6 + 4x3 + 3x2 − 2x + 5

Standard Form of a Linear Equation

The Standard Form of Linear Equation is

Ax + By = C

Where:

A > 0

A, B ≠ 0 

A, B and C should be integers

Example

Put y = 4x + 7 in Standard Form:

Bring 4x to the left:

−4x + y = 7

Multiply all by −1:

4x − y = −7

A = 4, B = −1, C = −7

This form:

Ax + By + C = 0

is sometimes called Standard Form, but is more properly called the General Form.

Standard Form of a Quadratic Equation

The Standard Form of Quadratic Equation is

Standard Form of a Quadratic Equation:

ax2 + bx + c = 0

Where a  0

Example

Put x(x+1) = -4 in Standard Form:

First, expand x(x-1):

x2 + x = -4

Bring 4 to left:

x2 + x + 4 = 0

Note: a = 1, b = 1, c = 4

Learn More

General Form of Equation of a Line

Simplest Form of Fractions

Quadratic Equation Solver

Solving Systems of Linear Equations Using Matrices

Algebra Index

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