# How do you determine if #3y^2-2# is a polynomial and if so, is it a monomial, binomial, or trinomial?

##### 1 Answer

Oct 8, 2017

Some people believe that polynomials must have more than 2 terms while others believe it must have 2 OR more.

#### Explanation:

Definitions:

Monomial: consisting of ONE term

Binomial: consisting of TWO terms

Trinomial: consisting of THREE terms

Polynomial: consisting of SEVERAL terms

Some people believe that polynomials must have more than 2 terms while others believe it must have 2 OR more.

*Poly* means many, or at least *more than one*. So technically, a binomial is a polynomial.