what are the leading coefficient and degree of the polynomial?
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Question
what are the leading coefficient and degree of the polynomial?
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1. User Answers sqdancefan
Answer:
 leading coefficient: 2
 degree: 7
Stepbystep explanation:
The degree of a term with one variable is the exponent of the variable. The degrees of the terms (in the same order) are ...
6, 0, 7, 1
The highestdegree term is 2x^7. Its coefficient is the "leading" coefficient, because it appears first when the polynomial terms are written in decreasing order of their degree:
2x^7 7x^6 18x 4
The leading coefficient is 2; the degree is 7.
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Additional comment
When a term has more than one variable, its degree is the sum of the exponents of the variables. The term xy, for example, is degree 2.