# How do you write a polynomial in standard form, then classify it by degree and number of terms #2x^2 + 3x^3 + 4x^4 + 5x^5#?

##### 1 Answer

standard form:

degree: 5

number of terms: 4

#### Explanation:

A polynomial in standard form has the order of it's terms in decreasing degree, where the degree of a term is the (sum of) the exponent(s) of its variables.

For example:

and

In this case, we have the terms:

placing them in descending order requires that

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The **degree of a polynomial** (as opposed to the degree of a single term) is the largest value of any of its terms' degrees.

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A term is an element of a polynomial separated from other elements by either addition or subtraction.