How do you find the degree and leading coefficient of the polynomial #p^5+7p^3-p^6#?

1 Answer
Jun 29, 2017

Answer:

Degree: #6#
Leading Coefficient: #-1#

Explanation:

The degree of a polynomial function is the largest exponent in the polynomial. By looking at the given polynomial, the highest exponent is #6# so the degree is #6#

The leading coefficient is the coefficient of the variable of the highest exponent. We've already established that the highest exponent is #6#. The coefficient of the term with this exponent #-x^6# is #-1#