# How do you translate the following into algebraic expressions: x plus y squared?

##### 1 Answer

May 31, 2018

See explanation.

#### Explanation:

The expression can be interpreted as 2 different algebraic expressions.

The ambiguity comes from the fact that we do not know which term is squared:

- If we assume that the word "squared" refers to term
#y# only then the expression would be:#x+y^2# - If we assume that the word "squared" refers to the whole preceeding expression "x plus y" then the algebraic expression is:
#(x+y)^2#