# What is the leading term, leading coefficient, and degree of this polynomial #-a + 8a^3 - 4a^7 + 4a^2#?

##### 1 Answer

Jun 30, 2018

See below:

#### Explanation:

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.

Recall that

This is a

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