# How do you find the degree: q^3 + q^3r^4s^5 - s^2?

Sep 21, 2015

12

#### Explanation:

In expressions with more than one variable, you find the degree by adding the exponents of the variables in each term.

${q}^{3}$ only has one variable, so its degree is 3.

${q}^{3} {r}^{4} {s}^{5}$ has three variables. Add the exponents of each variable: $3 + 4 + 5 = 12$. The degree of this term is 12.

$- {s}^{2}$ only has one variable, so its degree is 2.

You can now conclude that the degree of this expression is 12.