What is the leading term, leading coefficient, and degree of this polynomial #-a + 8a^3 - 4a^7 + 4a^2#?
Let's rearrange this polynomial to standard form with descending degree. We now have
The leading term is simply the first term. We see that this is
The leading coefficient is the number in front of the variable with the highest degree. We see that this is
The degree of a polynomial is simply the sum of the exponents on all terms.
This is a
Hope this helps!