What is the degree of #7x^2y^2 - 8xy^3 - 11x^3y#?
The degree of a polynomial is the highest degree of any given term.
To find the degree of each individual term, add all the exponents present. Recall that
#underbrace(7x^2y^2)_ (2+2=4) - underbrace(8x^1y^3)_ (1+3=4) - underbrace(11x^3y^1)_ (3+1=4)#
The degree of each term is