How do you state the degree and leading coefficient of the polynomial function #F(x) = 14+ 13x^4 - 6x - 14x^3 -8x^2#?

1 Answer
Aug 23, 2015

Answer:

The leading coefficient is #13#
The degree is #4#

Explanation:

To obtain the leading coefficient it is necessary to rewrite the equation in canonical form, that is with the terms listed in descending order of their #x# exponents:

#F(x) = 13x^4-14x^3-8x^2-6x+14#

The leading coefficient is the coefficient of the highest order #x# term

The degree is the degree (exponent) of the highest order #x# term