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

##### 1 Answer
Jun 29, 2017

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 $- 1$