# How do you write a polynomial in standard form, then classify it by degree and number of terms x^2y^2 + xy − 1?

Jul 24, 2018

Standard form: ${x}^{2} {y}^{2} + x y - 1$ (the form it is on right now)
Degree: $2$
Terms: $3$

#### Explanation:

This polynomial is already in standard form. It is listed from the largest to smallest exponent.

Classifying by degree means to find the highest exponent, which is $2$.

Terms are split by addition or subtract operations, so there are $3$ terms.

Hope this helps!