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Glossary

Automated market maker​​

An automated market maker is a smart contract on Ethereum that holds on-chain liquidity reserves. Users can trade against these reserves at prices set by an automated market making formula.

Constant product formula​​

The automated market making algorithm used by Seacows. See x*y=k.

ERC20​​

ERC20 tokens are fungible tokens on Ethereum. Seacows supports all standard ERC20 implementations.

ERC721

ERC721 tokens are Non-Fungible Tokens on Ethereum. Seacows supports all standard ERC721 implementations.

ERC3525

ERC721 tokens are Non-Fungible Tokens on Ethereum. Seacows supports all standard ERC721 implementations.

Factory​​

A smart contract that deploys a unique smart contract for any ERC20/ERC20 trading pair.

Pair​​

A smart contract deployed from the Seacows Position Manager that enables trading between two ERC20 tokens.

Pool​​

Liquidity within a pair is pooled across all liquidity providers.

Liquidity provider / LP​​

A liquidity provider is someone who deposits an equivalent value of two ERC20 tokens into the liquidity pool within a pair. Liquidity providers take on price risk and are compensated with fees.

Mid price​​

The price between what users can buy and sell tokens at a given moment. In Seacows this is the ratio of the two ERC20 token reserves.

Price impact​​

The difference between the mid-price and the execution price of a trade.

Slippage​​

The amount the price moves in a trading pair between when a transaction is submitted and when it is executed.

Core​​

Smart contracts that are essential for Seacows to exist. Upgrading to a new version of core would require a liquidity migration.

Periphery​​

External smart contracts that are useful, but not required for Seacows to exist. New periphery contracts can always be deployed without migrating liquidity.

Flash swap​​

A trade that uses the tokens being purchased before paying for them.

x * y = k​​

The constant product formula.

Invariant​​

The "k" value in the constant product formula