What is the leading term, leading coefficient, and degree of this polynomial #f(x)= -5#?

1 Answer
Jul 31, 2018

The leading term is -5, the leading coefficient is -5, and the degree is 1.


The leading term is the term in the polynomial which has the highest degree. Since there is only one term in the polynomial, the leading term is -5. The leading coefficient is the number before the variable (usually x) in the leading term. Since there is no x-term, the leading coefficient is just -5. Finally, the degree of a polynomial is the highest exponent value on a term of the polynomial. Again, since -5 is the only term, and you know that any number to the power of 1 is that same number, the degree of the polynomial has to be 1.