What is the degree of the polynomial #5x^5 + 8x^2 + 2x - 3x^9 - 8x^4 - 4x^5#?
The degree will equal the value of the highest exponent(s) on a term .
This polynomial has a degree of 9 .
As another example, you can have several variables combined within a term, but it is the sum of the exponents that determines the highest degree:
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