Degree Of Polynomial
The exponent on a term tells you the "degree" of the term.
The leading term in the polynomial is a "second-degree term" or "a term of degree two".
The second term is a "first degree" term. The degree of the leading term tells you the degree of the whole polynomial; the polynomial above is a "second-degree polynomial".
3x5 – 6x3 – 12x + 5
This polynomial has four terms:
- A fifth-degree term
- A third-degree term
- A first-degree term
- A constant term.
The degree of a polynomial is the highest degree of its monomials (individual terms) with non-zero coefficients. The degree of a term is the sum of the exponents of the variables that appear in it, and thus is a non-negative integer.