# How do you find the degree of 3x-8?

Jul 11, 2017

Degree = 1

#### Explanation:

The degree of a polynomial is based on the highest exponent on the variable. Usually you would put the polynomial in descending order (highest exponent first, etc.)

Given: $3 x - 8$

The exponent is implicit, meaning the 1 on the $x$ is inferred: $3 {x}^{1} - 8$

If you have a polynomial: $5 x + 4 {x}^{3} - {x}^{2} + 9$.

Putting the polynomial in descending order:$\text{ } 4 {x}^{3} - {x}^{2} + 5 x + 9$

It would have degree = $3$, because the $4 {x}^{3}$ term has an exponent of $3$