Degree Of A Polynomial

       
           

In case of a polynomial involving in one variable, the highest power of the variable is called the degree of the polynomial.
Example:  The degree of x5 – 2x3 + x is 5.
In case of a polynomial involving in more than one variable, the highest sum of exponents of variables in any term is called the degree of the polynomial.
Example:  The degree of p2 – 6p6q + 5p2q3 – 3q4 is 7
(∵ the term –p6q has the sum of exponents of p and q as 6 + 1, i.e. 7)

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