# How do you write a polynomial in standard form, then classify it by degree and number of terms #12x^3 + 5 - 5x^2 - 6x^2 + 3x^3 + 2 - x#?

##### 1 Answer

Combine like terms to simplify it into a polynomial.

#### Explanation:

Let's combine like terms first (i.e. Anything with

(Resort the numbers into standard form, to make it easier to simplify)

(Combine like terms)

We now have our simplified polynomial. This can be classified as a **3rd degree polynomial**

We classify by number of terms by finding how many individual terms there are.

We classify by degree by finding the highest exponent on any of the terms. The exponent 3 is the highest term, so this polynomial is a 3rd degree polynomial.