# How do you identify the degree of each term of the polynomial and the degree of the polynomial -7x^3+9x^2+3x+5?

The degree of a term is the power, to which the unknown is raised. So the degree of $- 7 {x}^{3}$ is 3 ($x$ is raised to the third power)
The degree of $9 {x}^{2}$ is 2 ($x$ is raised to the second power)
The degree of $3 x$ is 1 $\left(x = {x}^{1}\right)$
The degree of the free term (number without any unknowns) in this case 5 is zero because you could write it as $5 {x}^{0}$.