What is the leading term, leading coefficient, and degree of this polynomial #F(x) = 5 + 2x + 3x^2 + 4x^3#?
First, you have to rewrite the equation in standard form (highest degree first, or largest exponent): Since 3 is the highest exponent, you would write that term first, then write the rest of the terms in decreasing order, based on exponent:
Now, look at the first term with the largest exponent (
Since this term has the highest exponent (degree of the polynomial), then it is also the leading term:
Lastly, the leading coefficient is the number in front of the variable in the leading term, which is