algebraic operation

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algebraic operation Operation of ordinary algebra: that is, the arithmetical operations addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Operations that involve infinite series and functions such as log x are not algebraic – they depend on the use of limits. The term algebraic is also applied to arithmetical operations carried out with due regard to sign. Thus, the algebraic sum of a and −b is ab, the algebraic product of −a and −b is +ab, etc. See also arithmetic