# How do you find the degree of 17x^3 + 3x^2 - 2x - 2y^4 - 1?

Apr 19, 2018

Given sum has the highest degree of FOUR as y has the highest exponent 4

#### Explanation:

The degree of a polynomial is the highest degree of its monomials (individual terms) with non-zero coefficients.

The degree of a term is the sum of the exponents of the variables that appear in it, and thus is a non-negative integer.

$17 {x}^{3} + 3 {x}^{2} - 2 x - 2 {y}^{4} - 1$

Given sum has the highest degree of FOUR as y has the highest exponent 4